Lords of Windy Water: The Royal Court of Motul de San José in Classic Maya Inscriptions

Alexandre Tokovinine and Marc Zender

in Motul de San José

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780813041902
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043425 | DOI:
Lords of Windy Water: The Royal Court of Motul de San José in Classic Maya Inscriptions

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This chapter by Alexandre Tokovinine and Marc Zenderreconstructs the dynastic sequence of 8 or 9 rulers of Motul de San José from the beginning of the Late Classic (A.D. 600-830) through the Terminal Classic (A.D. 830-950) and their political affairs as recorded in hieroglyphic texts from the site and elsewhere in the Maya lowlands. This political history displays the dynamics of inter-polity relations, their instability and rapid changes in the face of conflicts between Tikal and Calakmul. Nevertheless, Motul maintained close relations over decades with the same small polities further west in the River San Pedro Martir drainage, those centered on La Florida and La Joyanca-Pajaral-Zapote Bobal. The outlines of the Classic Maya royal court at Motul de San José are also painted with wide brushes: a number of officials are named in Motul's texts, such as two ajk'uhuun (high royal priest-scribes), three lakams (tribute collectors), and one sajal (provincial governor).

Keywords: Classic Maya; epigraphy; royal court; political history; political administration

Chapter.  12411 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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