B'alaj Chan K'awiil
|B'alaj Chan K'awiil|
|Born||October 15, 625|
|Other names||Ruler 1, Flint Sky God K and Malah Chan K'awil|
|Title||King of Dos Pilas|
|Spouse(s)||Lady of Itzan
Wak Chanil Ajaw
|Relatives||K'ak' Tiliw Chan Chaak (likely grandson)|
|Classic Maya collapse|
|Spanish conquest of the Maya|
He claimed to be a member of the Tikal royal line. On Dos Pilas Panel 6 he names a king of Tikal as his father, this was probably the 23rd or 24th ruler of Tikal. He probably saw himself as the legitimate heir to the Tikal throne and defected from Tikal in AD 648 to found Dos Pilas as a rival kingdom under the overlordship of Calakmul.
B'alaj Chan K'awiil began his program of monumental inscriptions in 682, recording his travails and ultimate victory.
Mystery cloaks the circumstances under which B'alaj Chan K'awiil became the first known ruler of a previously uninhabited site in the Petexbatún. Inscriptions at Dos Pilas make it clear that he eventually swore allegiance to Calakmul, and this during the time of Tikal's Hiatus when Calakmul might well have involved itself directly in the royal succession at Tikal. This led to speculation that B'alaj Chan K'awiil might have been a ruler of Tikal under the aegis of Calakmul who was driven out by a rival lineage.
- Martin & Grube 2000, p. 56.
- Bajlaj Chan K'awiil at Mesoweb.
- Martin & Grube 2000, pp. 57, 74.