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Estudios de cultura maya

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VALENCIA RIVERA, Rogelio  y  ESPARZA OLGUIN, Octavio Q.. The Presence of the Bat Emblem Glyph in The Petén and Southern Campeche, and its Political Implications. Estud. cult. maya [online]. 2018, vol.51, pp.43-74. ISSN 0185-2574.

This paper tries to explain the origin of the use of Emblem Glyphs that coexist simultaneously in the same site. We analyze the presence of the Bat Emblem Glyph in the Central Peten with a special emphasis on the most recent examples found at the site of El Palmar. We conclude that not all of the existing examples of this glyph could be situated under the sphere of Copan. So there must have been more than one bat glyph being used during the Early Classic in this area. The early presence of this glyph along with the one of the Chatahn Winik in Calakmul, lets us infer that both groups must have had some power at the beginning of the history of this site, until the Snake group appeared there, and took it over. Later, power must have been shared by these three groups, with the Chatahn and Bat ones being subordinated to the Snake lords, as we can see some nobles tracing back their origin to both dynasties under the aegis of the Snake lords. This brings up the discussion of the possibility that different groups of nobles might have shared the power during the early times of the Maya civilization, until the appearance of hegemonic groups. These hegemonic groups, even while holding the power, stated their relationship to the other origins of the nobility of the site. This shows up through the use of different Emblem Glyphs at the same time, at the same site, such as happened at Yaxchilán, or at Calakmul, where the lords used two Emblem Glyphs in many inscriptions.

Palabras llave : Bat Emblem Glyph; Chatahn Winik; Calakmul; El Palmar; Kaanu’l; Copán.

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