The Ancient Maya “Jaguar Stone of Creation” at Quirigua

On the south face of Stela C, an ancient Maya monument in Quirigua, Guatemala, is a portrait of the ruler K’ak’-Tiliw (“Fiery Tapir”) in a ceremony commemorating the Maya Creation. He wears a Skyband belt and jade “tinklers”, and the stone is identified as the “Jaguar Stone”. This is one of the Three Stones of the Hearth of Creation, part of the Maya Creation myth. The myth itself appears on the East side of this same monument (see the video in this series, in which Dr. Van Stone reads the inscription).