Lady Six Sky and the Definition of Ritual Space at Naranjo

  • James Alan Doyle College of Arts & Science


Through a broad discussion on the full monumental program at Naranjo during the reigns of Lady Six Sky and her son K'ak Tiliw Chan Chaak, this article provides new information about the role of women in Late Classic Maya civilization (AD 600-900). A detailed exploration of the distinct trends in the monumental program from 682-741 AD supports the primary argument for Lady Sky Six’s underlying importance in ritual representation. The author finds considerable evidence that suggests the transfer of power from mother to son during the latter years of Lady Sky Six. A concluding discussion of Naranjo focuses on spatial analysis of the monuments spread across the site core in relation to dual-gendered ritual space, as well as contrasting martial and mythological imagery.

Author Biography

James Alan Doyle, College of Arts & Science
James A. Doyle is a fourth-year student majoring in Anthropology in the College of Arts & Science. He is the recipient of a Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Scholarship and is consistently honored on the Dean’s List. After graduation with High Honors in Anthropology, Doyle would like to pursue his future graduate studies.
How to Cite
DOYLE, James Alan. Lady Six Sky and the Definition of Ritual Space at Naranjo. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 1, may 2005. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 11 july 2020. doi:
Humanities and Social Sciences


Lady Six Sky; Classic Maya Civilization; Gender and Women in Maya Art