Casper (Maya ruler)

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Ajaw of Palenque
Glifo maya de Casper en el tablero del Templo de la Cruz (2).jpg
Glyph of Casper at Temple of the Cross Tablet
Reign August 10, 435 – 487
Predecessor K'uk' B'alam I
Successor B'utz Aj Sak Chiik
Full name
Born August 8, 422
Died 487?

"Casper" (August 8, 422 – 487?),[1] also known as 11 Rabbit, was a ruler of the Maya city of Palenque from 435 to 487. He was the immediate successor of K'uk' B'alam I, who founded the ruling dynasty.

Casper came to power in August 435 at the age of 13[2] and ruled the city for 52 years. Only Pacal the Great is recorded to have ruled Palenque longer.

The real name of the ruler has not been deciphered. He was given the nickname Casper by Mayanist scholar Floyd Lounsbury because his name glyph is said to resemble the cartoon character Casper the Friendly Ghost.[3]


  1. ^ Birth date comes from an inscription at the Temple of the Cross in Palenque. The date in its original Long Count form is 11 Lamat 6 Xul, which equates to August 8, 422 in the Julian calendar using the JDN=584,285 correlation (GMT correlation). See Mathews (2005).
  2. ^ Rulers of Palenque
  3. ^ Rulers of Palenque


Preceded by
K'uk' B'alam I
King of Palenque
Succeeded by
B'utz Aj Sak Chiik

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