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And inside that temple was a unique hieroglyphic inscription that paired glyphs in a Teotihuacan style with traditional Maya glyphs to give the effect of a bilingual text. Here, for instance, we see the name of Copán ruler Waxaklajuun Ub'aah K'awiil (18 Rabbit). The Teotihuacan glyph in the upper left has the dots and bars of the number 18 paired with a goggle-eyed "Tlaloc" figure, while the adjacent glyph to the right has a standard Maya full-figure form of the number eighteen (waxaklajuun in Mayan). Below this, the Maya glyph on the bottom right has a jog gopher (b'aah) and God K (k'awiil). The glyph on the bottom left, in what David Stuart has called a Teotihuacan "font", represents God K by showing the customary smoke from the ax in that deity's forehead emanating from another goggle-eyed Teotihuacan storm god.

Glyphs from the Temple Inscription of Structure 10L-26 (Temple 26), Copán. Photo: Joel Skidmore.