National Geographic : 1936 Nov
© National Geographic Society "TRUE MAN" ANCIENT MAYA CALLED THEIR RULER For him were reserved the finest quetzal plumes, jades, embroideries, and jaguar skins. Here he carries the Manikin Scepter, symbol of supreme authority-a short baton bearing a figure of the Long Nose God. Paintings byH.M.Herget THIS LESSER CHIEFTAIN WAS THE RULER'S VASSAL His dominion extended over asmall town orvillage. Ifhebelonged to one of the Maya military orders, the"Jaguars" orthe"Eagles," he brought a band of warriors toaid the"True Man" intime ofwar.