Maya kings were often associated with the Maize God. Here, Pakal is shown here in the guise of the young Maize God. His upswept hair is meant to represent corn leaves on a ripening ear.
I visited Palenque, Mexico in 1971. It was mysterous, enchanting, beautiful--something I'll never forget. Click on this Site to see beautiful photos, and learn more about the Mayan People. Click-http://www.mayaruins.com/palenque.html
"Palenque sits like a jewel against the Chiapas Mountains overlooking the broad coastal plain that came to be known as Nonowal and Xicalanco to later peoples in Mesoamerica. The ancient Palenque people constructed their palaces, temples, and houses on natural and manufactured terraces that rise up the northern side of the first ridge of these forest-covered limestone mountains. They called their city Lakam Ha, "Big Water," and their kingdom Bak, "Bone." Quoting info from this site.