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Ahkal Mo' Nahb I

a-ku-AL MO' NA:B, "Turtle Macaw Lake?" Drawing, transcription and translation after Martin and Grube (2008).


Maya ruler of Palenque; also known as Chaacal I and Akul Anab I. Reigned AD 501-524.

Born 9.1.10.0.0 5 Ajaw 3 Sek (July 5, 465).

Acceded: 9.3.6.7.17 5 Kaban 0 Sotz' (June 3, 501).

Died 9.4.10.4.17 5 Kaban 5 Mak (November 29, 524).

Brother: Butz'aj Sak Chiik?

The Temple 17 Panel mentions this ruler together with his immediate predecessor Butz'aj Sak Chiik in connection with some sort of dedication ritual that seems to mark the removal of the royal seat from Tohktan to Lakamha' (Martin and Grube 2008:157). Butz'aj Sak Chiik still had a decade to rule on the AD 490 date of the event, and Ahkal Mo' Nahb is referred to on the monument with the title ch'ok "youth, prince" (ibid.:157). The fact that the two were born only a few years apart suggests that the succession passed from brother to brother rather than father to son (ibid.:157).

For some reason still unaccounted for, the dynastic records of the later ruler K'inich Janaab' Pakal the Great begin with Ahkal Mo' Naab' I rather than the dynasty founder K'uk' B'alam I (ibid.:157).

That there were troubled times for the Palenque kingdom attendant upon or just subsequent to the death of Ahkal Mo' Naab' I is suggested by the fact that his successor had long since come of age yet did not accede until four years later (ibid.:158).

The foregoing is based on Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens by Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube (2008:157-158). Their sources include David Stuart (1999b) for our current understanding of this ruler's name.


For a further discussion at Mesoweb see the chapter on Ahkal Mo' Nahb I in The Rulers of Palenque.