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Bonampak Murals, Mayan Ruin Site, Chiapas, Mexico
Bonampak Murals: some researchers
believe that the murals commemorate a
battle and the subjugation of a neighboring
Bonampak, an ancient Mayan city, noted for
its murals was at its height from 600AD to
Bonampak is noted for its mural wall paintings in vivid
colors depicting events before and after a battle. The
ancient Maya City is also noted for having the largest
Stele in Mexico, Bonampak can be reached in about
three hours via collective taxi or tour van out of the
town of Palenque.
At one time the buildings were
coated in stucco and painted as
the remnants of red paint show
Each small building at the top of the Acropolis houses a sandstone
From Bonampak's main
plaza a stairway leads to the
acropolis where three
chambers shelter the murals.
murals are in rooms
that have stucco
carving on the
underside of the
lintels at the
carvings are well
of their sheltered
place. They depict
the slaughter of
Bonampak was settled around 200 AD and slowly
then flourishing in many building stages until 900 to
Bonampak was allied with nearby Yaxchilan
through a marriage of its king to the sister of the
king of Yaxchilan somewhere between 760 and
The Bonampak murals contain a date of 792, the
latest date found at the site.
The murals were started sometime in the mid 700s
and according to some researchers
commemorate a battle and subsequent victory and
subjugation of an unidentified neighboring town.
Chaan Muan II the leader depicted as victorious in
the Bonampak murals, ruled from 772 AD to 792
AD during what appears to be Bonampak's zenith
and its most prolific building stage.
The Bonampak murals show at least 270 people dressed in different ritual
costumes and is rendered in colors made from mineral and vegetable dyes that
nearby Yaxchilan through a marriage of Chaan Muan II to the sister of the king of
Yaxchilan and the presentation of the son of Chaan Muan II as possible heir.
The Bonampak murals also depict the battle and the subsequent torture of
prisoners by the removal of their fingernails and they show ritual bloodletting by
women piercing their tongues.
The murals were started sometime in the mid 700s and record the subjugation of
an unidentified neighboring town by Chaan Muan II who ruled from 772 AD to 792
AD during what appears to be Bonampak's zenith, its most prolific building stage
and perhaps its last.
View of the Plaza from the Acropolis
The Acropolis is built on a natural hill
that slopes up from the main plaza. A
colony of weaver birds fills a tree in the
Bonampak is noted for its murals
and for the many stelae that
commemorate its rulers. One
monument is the largest stone of its kind
found in Mexico.
Most notable perhaps is Stele 2 which
shows the Emperor of Bonampak,
Chaan Muan II who ruled from 772 to
He is accompanied by his wife, the sister
of the ruler of nearby Yaxchilan, and by
his mother. They are depicted in a blood
letting ritual, his mother standing in front
of him holds a devil fish spine to perform
the piercing. His wife standing behind
holds the vessel that will receive the
blood for later ritual burning.
The Bonampak Murals occupy
1,600 square feet of wall and
ceiling space in three rooms that
face the large plaza of
Bonampak's main site. According
to some researchers, the murals
record the preparation for a
battle, the battle and the
subsequent sacrificing of
prisoners and the celebration
after the battle.
The leader Chaan Muan II is
depicted with his wife, mother,
and son. The date 792 AD is so
far found at Bonampak, which
reached its peak between 600
AD and 900 AD.
Bonampak was at its height from 600 AD to
1000 AD. Bonampak also has the largest
Stelae in Mexico. The ruin site can be
reached in about two hours via collective
taxi or tour van out of the town of Palenque.
The murals at the Mayan Ruin Site of
Bonampak in Chiapas, Mexico give the site
uniqueness along with its large stelae, the
largest in Mexico
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before and after a battle.
The murals were started sometime in the mid 700s. They record the subjugation of an unidentified neighboring town
by the ruler of Bonampak, Chaan Muan II. This emperor ruled from 772 AD to 792 AD during what is believed to be
Bonampak's most prolific building stage. By 1000 AD the site was abandoned.