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Bird Jaguar IV

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On this day in the year 752, Yaxun B’alam IV (also referred to by some historians as Bird Jaguar IV) ascended to the Mayan throne. This followed after a 10 yr interregnum upon the death of his father, Itzamnaaj Bʼalam II. Yaxun B’alam IV was perceived by some as illegitimate due to his mother’s class background, and the fact that she was not the first wife. His reign lasted 17 yrs and he was succeeded by his son, Itzamnaaj Bʼalam III.

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