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 (see vectorised version here)
Reign August 9, 435 – 487
Predecessor K'uk' Bahlam I
Successor B'utz Aj Sak Chiik
Born August 8, 422
Died 487?
Full name
Religion Maya religion

"Casper",[N 1] also known as 11 Rabbit, (August 8, 422 – 487?), was an ajaw of the Maya city of Palenque from August 9, 435 to 487. He was the immediate successor of K'uk' Bahlam I, who founded the ruling dynasty.[N 2][1]

Casper came to power in August 435 at the age of 13 and ruled the city for 52 years. Only Pacal the Great is recorded to have ruled Palenque longer.[1][2]


  1. ^ 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. Incomplete transcription is ch'a-?..
  2. ^ These are the dates indicated on the Maya inscriptions in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar from an inscription at the Temple of the Cross in Palenque, Born: 11 Lamat 6 Xul and Acceded: 2 Kaban 10 Xul.


  1. ^ a b Skidmore, Joel (2010). The Rulers of Palenque (PDF) (Fifth ed.). Mesoweb Publications. p. 14. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Skidmore, Joel (2010). The Rulers of Palenque (PDF) (Fifth ed.). Mesoweb Publications. p. 71. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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Regnal titles
Preceded by
K'uk' Bahlam I
Ajaw of Palenque
August 9, 435-487
Succeeded by
B'utz Aj Sak Chiik