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The inscription from Stela 31 continues with this glyph, which conveys the direction West and the name of an important deity associated with kingship. It is suggestive (though perhaps coincidental) that a party arriving at Tikal from Teotihuacan would have arrived from the west. And in fact, there is evidence from another inscription that the Teotihuacanos stopped at Tikal's western neighbor, El Perú, on the way. (Map.)

Glyph D17 of Stela 31. Photo: Mark Van Stone.