Janaab' Pakal

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Janaabʻ Pakal
King of Palenque
Wife Yohl Ik'nal
Died 9 March, 612

Janaabʻ Pakal or Pakal I (died 9 March, 612CE) was a king of the Maya city-state of Palenque. Pakal means "shield".


Pakal’s dynastic position is not entirely certain,[3] though he may have been the father of Aj Ne' Yohl Mat. It seems that he never ascended to the high-kingship in his own right.[4]

He was the father of Lady Sak K'uk', one of the rare queens regnant of Maya history. His wife was Yohl Ik'nal.[5][6]

He should not be confused with his grandson, K'inich Janaabʻ Pakal,[7] who during a long reign of some 68 years was responsible for the construction or extension of some of Palenque’s most notable surviving inscriptions and monumental architecture.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yucatan & Mayan Mexico, 3rd by Nick Rider
  2. ^ The Lost Chronicles of the Maya Kings by David Drew
  3. ^ Matthews, Peter (2005-10-18). "Who's who in the classic Maya world". Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. Retrieved 2007-04-15. 
  4. ^ Travel Cancun: Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Xcaret, Mexican Riviera
  5. ^ Ajen Yohl Mat
  6. ^ Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens by Simon Martin and Nikolai Grube
  7. ^ The Ark of Millions of Years: Volume Three, by E. J. Clark and Alexander Agnew