The Maya had a war helmet made of pyrite stone called a “Kohaw.”
These unique helmets were only worn by special soldiers such as the Ajaws (or Ahau meaning ‘Lord,’ which usually was a nobility title) and Kaloontes (meaning supreme warrior or military ruler). An example of these ‘Kohaw’ helmets were found inside a queen’s tomb in the El Perú site, also known as the ‘Wak,’ in northern Guatemala.
The queen’s tomb was uncovered at a site in the ancient Maya city-state of El Perú, which was the capital of the Wak Kingdom. It is believed that the queen’s tomb belonged to none other than Lady K’abel whom was a military ruler of the Wak, or ‘Centipede Kingdom,’ between the years 672 to 692 AD.
- This article is an excerpt from the book: Kane, Njord. “Chapter 6 – Middle Preclassic (1000 BC – 400 BC).” The Maya : The Story of a People. 2nd ed. Yukon: Spangenhelm, 2016. ISBN: 978-1943066032
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- Kane, Njord. The Maya : The Story of a People. 2nd ed. Yukon: Spangenhelm, 2016. ISBN: 978-1943066032
- De Landa, Diego (1937). Yucatan Before and After the Conquest: An English translation by William Gates of Relation des choses de Yucatan de Diego de Landa.
- Petén. Clay. height 14.8 cm Seated figure with removable helmet (Kohaw)
written by Njord Kane © 2016 Spangenhelm Publishing
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