Tonina (Mexique) : Copan warriors found in Chiapas Part.2
CIV 101 - 201 : Civilisations précolombiennes mésoaméricaines / Mesoamerican Civilizations
ECR 102 : Introduction à l’écriture maya / Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphic writing
REL 201 : Divinités précolombiennes mésoaméricaines / Precolombian religions in Mesoamerica
The INAH specialist declared that “both sculptures have hieroglyphic inscriptions on the chest and loincloth that inform that these men were subjects of lord K’uy Nic Ajaw, from the lordship of Copan, today Honduras, during the age when Uaxaclajuun Ub’aah K’awiil, or 18 Rabbit, in the Epi Classic period (680-800 of the Common Era).
The discovery of 2 captives of Copan is physical evidence that confirms the alliance that Copan had with Palenque to fight Tonina, struggle that went over for more than 2 decades.
“Inscriptions also mention that captives were offered with fire and copal smoke during a ceremony related to the Ballgame Court; we think it might have occured during the inauguration of the second decorative stage of the court at the Maya reign of Popo, near 695 AD, explained Dr. Yadeun.
On this regard, he added that Mayas from ancient Mexico believed that temples had their own life and they were born when inaugurated; possibly prisoners from Copan were part of the ritual.
Both tableaux were found in fragments and incomplete, and it can be observed the representation of a serpent carved around, as well as the image of a sacrificed captive in the center of each of them, concluded the archaeologist.