Kʼan Joy Chitam I

Kʼan Joy Chitam I,[N 1] also known as Hok, Kan Xul I and Kʼan Hokʼ Chitam I, (May 3, 490 – February 6, 565) was an ajaw of the Maya city-state of Palenque. He took the throne on February 6, 529 at age 34, ending an interregnum that had lasted for a little over four years.[N 2][1][2]

Kʼan Joy Chitam I
Ajaw of Palenque
Glifo maya de K'an Joy Chitam I en el tablero del Templo de la Cruz en Palenque.jpg
Glyph of Kʼan Joy Chitam I at Temple of the Cross Tablet (see vectorised version here)
ReignFebruary 6, 529 – February 6, 565
PredecessorInterregnum, title last held by Ahkal Moʼ Nahb I (524)
SuccessorAhkal Moʼ Nahb II
BornMay 3, 490
DiedFebruary 6, 565(565-02-06) (aged 74)
ReligionMaya religion


  1. ^ The ruler's name, when transcribed is KʼAN-na-JOY[CHITAM]-ma, translated "Precious/Yellow Tied Peccary".
  2. ^ These are the dates indicated on the Maya inscriptions in Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, Born: 12 Lamat 6 Wo, Acceded: 5 Kʼan 12 Kʼayab and Died: 7 Kib 4 Kʼayab.


  1. ^ Skidmore, Joel (2010). The Rulers of Palenque (PDF) (Fifth ed.). Mesoweb Publications. p. 26. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  2. ^ Schele, Linda; Mathews, Peter (1993). The Proceedings of the Maya Hieroglyphic Workshop. Austin: University of Texas.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Title last held by Ahkal Moʼ Nahb I (524)
Ajaw of Palenque
February 6, 529 – February 6, 565
Succeeded by
Ahkal Moʼ Nahb II