King Pakal’s Death Ceremony – Preparing For The Inevitable

This article is from Lord Pakal Ahau’s Trilogy website and it is probably the most beautiful narrative written by Lord Pakal Ahau about his ancestor and reincarnation.

On August 31, 683 A.D., 6 Edznab 11 Yax in the Mayan calendar, the sacred light that illuminated Palenque for several decades was extinguished. A new cycle would start from Pakal’s death. Also known as Lord Pakal The Great, whose birthday was made to coincide with the inscriptions of the First Mother, the goddess Zac K’uk or Garza Blanca, name that also had the sovereign’s mother.

His birthday, March 23, 603 A.D., 8 Ahau 13 Pop, linked his origin to the Gods, confirming his sacred character and destiny of becoming the wisest ruler of Palenque. Eleven years before his death, her wife Ahpo Hel, would descend into the Kingdom of the Shadows, leaving Pakal in a painful loneliness.

During the precise moment of his death, in the Royal bedroom of the Palace, the priests put on his mouth a beaded piece of jade that received his vital breath. Later, they spread maize dust, the sacred substance for which men are made, and then, proceeded to enshroud the body with cotton clothes. On his side, they deposited pots with water and food as well as protecting amulets.

After the normal ritual held for three days (the waiting), speaking to him so he would not feel lonely, taking care of his shadow and praying to the gods to maintain his life with the Spirit while he continued his road to Xibalba, his sons Chan-Bahlum and Kan Xul and their wives and grandsons gave the signal to prepare the most splendid funeral that Mayan eyes have ever seen. Through the ceremony, the survivors would add their contribution to help the spirit of the beloved Lord during his dangerous walk down to Xibalba, “the place where the souls vanish.” There, he would face Ah Puch, the Dark Master God, for the first time, to later die definitely, meaning transforming his death into pure energy and positioning himself in the cold and dark subterranean Kingdom.

Pakal would go to Xibalba first because he died of natural causes, although due to his sacred condition, he would be allowed to ascend to the Earth level again or higher in some ocassions. Others would go to the Paradise of the Ceiba Tree, if they were sacrificed to the gods or were women who died while birthing children to live in company with the Sun in its daily run. The destiny place how Death find humans always depends on the manner of dying, and not on the behavior of their corporeal human existence. The moral mistakes are punished in life, usually with some kind of disease and critical pain. Humans still do not understand this concept of Mayan purification.

Years before, Pakal had ordered his tomb as a pyramid of nine levels. On the top, he erected a temple in which the history of his lineage and legacy was written describing the Great Shaman that would be converted into another God. In his honor, his sarcophagus was deposited at the bottom of the inverse pyramid representing Xibalba, the nine level. His spirit would ascend through a narrow channel in the shape of a serpent connecting the funerary chamber with the Temple. On a beautiful stone that would be deposited on top of the sarcophagus, Pakal ordered to carve the great cosmic image that would define his position in the center of the world as a ruler and human being. The meaning of this magical and powerful stone has been written in another article of the website (Pakal’s Hidden Secrets).

The solemn court left the Palace carrying the mortal body of Pakal. Four men holding torches initiated the Funeral March, and on the top of the pyramid they burned copal wood, an aromatic incense. Behind Pakal’s body, the Great Lord Snake, the highest priest, was followed by the 36 Priests of the Solar Ritual and the family of Pakal, while the people watched the Walk of the Five Men and One Woman, to the top of the pyramid, escorted by Mayan guards. These outlaws were selected by the High Mayan Supreme Tribune to exemplify human faults (Greed, Destruction, Anger, Hate, Envy and Viciousness). They would be sacrificed at the entrance of the chamber, each one representing a moral human imperfection waiting to be cleansed, in order to accompany Lord Pakal.

To end the Funeral, his people remained during the night singing and praying to the gods until Venus dissapeared from the horizon while crossing the Sun. In 1952, a man that knew how to respect and love the Mayans, Dr. Alberto Ruz Lhuillier, would discover his tomb giving to Pakal the start of his new cycle: his immortality also in this world and the fulfillment of the Great Mayan Prophecy after 1269 years of silence, making possible the reincarnation as Lord Pakal Ahau on August 22, 1952 and the return of the Mayan King.. Thus, Pakal Ahau becomes the last Pakal of the Great Mayan Prophecy to be the time witness on December 21, 2012.

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3 Responses to “King Pakal’s Death Ceremony – Preparing For The Inevitable”

  1. During the solar maximum of 1989 (when i was 4 years old) I used to have a recurring dream: I was in a forest. There was a giant symbol floating in the air above me. It looked like a circle in the middle, with triangles all around it pointing away from it. I tried to run from it, but I got tangled in the trees and branches and had much difficulty running from it. I stopped having the dream after the year of 1989. After the solar maximum of 2000, I began to become obsessed with the number 41 for i had done much math and had hence discovered it to be a unique mathematical number. I discovered it to be a unique number heavily bound to the years in the Mayan Calendar. Through much math and calculating I noticed unique patterns with this number and with the Mayan Calendar. After the year 2001, I did not think much about the number anymore. But whenever I did, something inside me would always said, “41, the be all, end all” and I did’t know why. From those days forth, I could NEVER look at a drawing, picture, or symbol of the sun without thinking of the number 41 and getting a strange feeling ..,,.and I didn’t kno why. This always gave me the feeling that there was something special, almost magical about the sun and the Mayans and the number 41, but i didn’t know why. I talked to Native Americans at pow-wows, I asked shamans, I always said to them all, “I am looking for the answer, but to what, I do not know. I am looking for the answer.” they could never give me the answer, but they told me to hold my question close to my heart. As the current solar maximum began (during 2012) I began doing more math with the number 41, and made much progress. I found the number to be linked to the Mayan Calendar, pyramids, and Chinese book called ‘The I Ching: Book of Changes’, The Star of David, as well as many special spiritual geometric shapes. During this current solar maximum, the numbers, the Sun, the stars, the spirit world, the psychic world, they have all been communicating to me in a most peculiar way. I asked a Mayan expert about it recently. He called me ‘Ahau’. I did not know what he meant. I decided to read about Ahau on Wikipedia. It said Ahau was a Sun Gid, and that he was associated with music and poetry (I myself am a beloved poet and professional singer and piano player, I am also a guitarist, a musical composer, and I have gotten paid good money for my musical work in the past). I read Ahau was depicted in paintings to have Suns in his eyes (I myself have Sun-like yellow discs around my pupils within my irises) I read he had ONE filed down incisor in his upper row of teeth (I myself have part of one of my incisors missing within my upper row of teeth) I read Ahau preached science, love, health, and a Great Creator (I myself am a pioneer in the math and science world, preach love and health as well as nutrition and am a student who is quite knowledgable of the healing powers of Chinese Accupressure as well as the healing powers of the spirit and mind) Am I Ahau?

    • There are many manifestations in the world as Ahau, the Sun God. Pakal Ahau is only one of these manifestations of spiritual energy in the body of a human. But, he’s aware there are more Ahaus because the Mayas recognized that event. If you feel the presence of the Ahau, explore and learn how to become an Ahau, and more, serve with your knowledge to the people all the time.
      Pakalian Group of Mexico

      • Thank you very much. You have been most helpful. I do not know how to become an Ahau, but I will search vigorously to learn how to become an Ahau

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