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Quirigua  Zoomorph  B  Photo  in  Guatemala

K'ak' Tiwil emerging from a combination Crocodile/Mountain Being

Both Zoomorph B shown in this Photo and Zoomorph P are representations of the Cosmic Monster

made up of the Crocodile Monster and Mountain Monster.  

Note K'ak' Tiwil's neat beard and hands. His name, a classic example of pre-Columbian understatement, means

"Fire-burning Sky Lightning God" (Martin and Grube, 2000). He ascended to the throne of Quirigua in 724 and

ruled for 60 years until his death on July 27, 785.

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Quirigua, Guatemala  Zoomorph B: K'ak' Tiwil emerging from a combination Crocodile/Mountain Being