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The Bathing (Yataj) of the Paddler Gods at Naj Ho’Ajaw
The quite brief inscription on Stela A, Tila recounts a mysterious action, where the Jaguar Paddler and the Stingray Paddler bathed (yataj) at Nah Ho’ Ajaw at the appearently (only the 4 Ajaw 8 Ohl date of the Calendar Round appear in the inscription) creation date of (126.96.36.199.0) 4 Ajaw 8 Ohl.
The Action of the Seven (K2796) and Eleven Gods (K7750) (Naranjo region)
A different story of the cosmogony is related on the Vase of the Seven Gods (K2796) and on the Vase of the Eleven Gods (K7750) from the Naranjo region—not far from Tikal, Caracol and Calakmul—of northern Guatemala (Reents-Budet 1994: 319). Only the 4 Ajaw 8 Ohl date of the Calendar Round appear in the inscription suggesting: 188.8.131.52.0 4 Ajaw 8 Ohl. Not only are there different actors but also the action outlined in the inscriptions is quite different from other classic Maya cosmogonic stories. It is interesting that the two almost identical ceramic vessels represents respectively different amounts of gods. K2796 (fig. 3) and K7750, each depict seven and eleven supernatural beings. Nevertheless, the inscription on both vessels gives the names of seven gods. This could mean that there were only these seven gods, who participated in the creation performance. The scenes on K2796 and K7750 show two rows with six and ten deities correspondingly sitting in front of God L who is seated on a jaguar throne smoking a cigar. There are bundles, ikaatz/ikitz, in the scene with the inscription: Bolon-Ek’-Kab. The verb in the inscription, tz’akaj, may allude to “an increasing of time” or “an ordering of time”—an expression common in inscriptions with calendar information—performed by the depicted deities (among them a heaven and an earth god). This verb is followed by the names of the deities portrayed in the scene. The inscription on the Vase of the Eleven Gods adds to this information by including the location of K’ihnchil where the introduction of the new Long Count computation was probably initiated.
The Creation Acts of 184.108.40.206.0 4 Ajaw 8 Ohl and 0.0.1.9.2 13 Ik’ end of Ik’sihom (Palenque)
The inscription on the Tablet of Temple of the Cross of Palenque announce that 13 pik was terminated on 4 Ajaw 8 Ohl, i.e. on 220.127.116.11.0 4 Ajaw 8 Ohl (August 11, 3114 bc). But here is the mentioned “not deciphered creation event”, which was in other inscriptions associated with the creation date, said to take place 1 haab, 9 winal and 2 k’in after the beginning of the new Long Count, i.e. on 0.0.1.9.2 13 Ik’ end of Ik’sihom (February 3, 3111 bc), at an unknown site. Besides the enigmatic creation event, other rather obscure not deciphered incidents, is stated to have happened on the date
0.0.1.9.2 13 Ik’ end of Ik’sihom.
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