Kan Bahlam I

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Kan Bahlam I
Ajaw of Palenque
Glifo de K'an Balam I.jpg
Glyph of Kan Bahlam I at Temple of the Cross Tablet (see vectorised version here)
Reign April 6, 572 – February 1, 583
Predecessor Ahkal Mo' Nahb II
Successor Yohl Ik'nal
Born (524-09-18)18 September 524
Died 1 February 583(583-02-01) (aged 58)
Religion Maya religion

Kan Bahlam I[N 1] (Mayan pronunciation: [xaŋ βalɑm]), also known as Chan Bahlum I, (September 18, 524 – February 1, 583) was an ajaw of the Maya city-state of Palenque. He acceded to the throne on April 6, 572 at age 47 and ruled until his death.[N 2][1] Kan Bahlam was most likely the younger brother of his predecessor, Ahkal Mo' Nahb II and probably son of K'an Joy Chitam I.[2] He was the first ruler of Palenque to use the title K'inich, albeit inconsistently. The title is usually translated as "radiant" but literally means "sun-faced".[1]


  1. ^ The ruler's name, when transcribed is (K'INICH) KAN[BAHLAM]-ma, translated "Radiant Snake Jaguar".
  2. ^ These are the dates indicated on the Maya inscriptions in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, Born: 11 Chikchan 13 Ch'en, Acceded: 10 Eb 0 Wo and Died: 11 Chikchan 3 K'ayab.


  1. ^ a b Skidmore, Joel (2010). The Rulers of Palenque (PDF) (Fifth ed.). Mesoweb Publications. p. 33. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Skidmore, Joel (2010). The Rulers of Palenque (PDF) (Fifth ed.). Mesoweb Publications. p. 35. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ahkal Mo' Nahb II
Ajaw of Palenque
April 6, 572 – February 1, 583
Succeeded by
Yohl Ik'nal