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On both the south and north ends of his sarcophagus, the images of Pakal II's (the Great) parents are presented. This is the south end, as photographed in the site museum at Palenque. The father, left, was known as Kan-Bahlum-Mo'. While of noble birth, he never ruled, and died January 1, 643 CE. The mother, right, was Lady Zac-Kuk. She acceded to the throne October 22, 612 CE. Ruling for three years, she then withdrew in favour of her young son - Pakal II. She died September 12, 640 CE. There is little doubt that she continued to be an active player in the affairs of Palenque right up until her death. Name glyphs appear front and centre. [I have read speculation that Pakal's father and mother may have been siblings. He, himself, had a number of physical deformities including a club foot.]

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