Who was Pakal the great?

Each of the ancient Maya cities was ruled by a different king or queen. The Mayas believed these rulers had the task of keeping the gods happy.

To achieve this, the rulers offered sacrifices (sometimes human), conducted mass prayers and held parades through their cities.

One of the most famous Maya rulers was K'inich Janaab Pakal, whom we know today as 'Pakal the Great'. He was king of Palenque for 68 years, longer than any other ruler in the Ancient Maya world!

Pakal the Great looking over his city.