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Mexican archaeologists find the earliest depiction of the Mayan god K’awiil

By Tribune Travel

April 28, 2023

Researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have found a representation of the Mayan god K’awiil, who is known for his associations with lightning, strength, and power among other things.

It is the first of its kind discovered in Mexican territory, according to Diego Prieto HernĂ¡ndez, the general director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

The anthropologist claims that there have only ever been three examples of this kind of K’awiil. Since they were also part of the Mayan region, along with Mexico, Belize, and El Salvador, the others were discovered at the archaeological site of Tikal in Guatemala.

The discovery of the Mayan god K’awiil, who is linked to lightning, strength, and power, is a first for Mexico.

“Given the paucity of bulk representations of the god K’awill, this discovery is crucial. This is the first to be discovered in Mexican territory, and up until now, we only know of three, all in Tikal, Guatemala, he said.

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