Jasaw Chan K'awiil I

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Jasaw Chan K'awiil I
Ajaw of Tikal
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Stela 16, erected in 711 representing Jasaw Chan K'awiil I.
Reign May 3, 682-734
Predecessor Nuun Ujol Chaak
Successor Yik'in Chan K'awiil
Born before 682
Died 734
Burial Temple 1 (Burial 116)
Spouse Lady Lahan Unen Mo'
Issue Yik'in Chan K'awiil
Father Nuun Ujol Chaak
Mother Lady Jaguar Seat
Religion Maya religion

Jasaw Chan K'awiil I[N 1] also known as Ruler A, Ah Cacao and Sky Rain, (before 682-734), was an ajaw of the Maya city of Tikal. He took the throne on May 3, 682 and reigned until his death.[N 2][1]


Before advances in the decipherment of the Maya script revealed this reading of his name, this ruler was also known to researchers as Tikal Ruler A, Hasaw Chan K'awiil or by the nickname Ah Cacao.[1]

One of the most celebrated of Tikal's rulers, Jasaw Chan K'awiil's reign came at the end of a 130-year-long hiatus in Tikal's historical record, and his defeat of the rival Maya city of Calakmul in 695 is seen to represent a resurgence in the strength and influence of Tikal.[2]

Two structures at Tikal in particular are associated with Jasaw Chan K’awiil. Tikal Temple I is a classically Petén-styled stepped pyramid structure which served as this ruler's tomb, although it is unclear whether it was built for this specific purpose. Tikal Temple II served as the tomb for his wife, Lady Lahan Unen Mo' (died c.704).[3] His successor was his son Yik'in Chan K'awiil.[1]


  1. The ruler's name, when transcribed is ja-sa-wa CHAN-na-K'AWI:L-la, translated "K'awiil that Clears? the Sky", Martin & Grube 2008, p.44.
  2. These are the dates indicated on the Maya inscriptions in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, Accession: 5 Kib 14 Sotz', Martin & Grube 2008, p.44.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Martin & Grube 2008, p.44.
  2. Martin & Grube 2008, pp.44-45.
  3. Martin & Grube 2008, pp.46-47.


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Regnal titles
Preceded by
Nuun Ujol Chaak
Ajaw of Tikal
May 3, 682-734
Succeeded by
Yik'in Chan K'awiil