One of the early rulers of Palenque, was named K'inich Kan Bʻalam I (September 20, 524 to February 3, 583). It is amazing that we know his name and his birth and deaths dates. The king's name, Kan Bʻalam means "snake jaguar." That phrase refers to "any wild animal." The prefatory "K'inich" is the Mayan for "radiant." As in the sun.
One of the thrones of K'inich Kan Bʻalam was in the form of a jaguar. Are we not all situated atop some unfathomable dark. The radiant part may refer to their awareness of their situation. The Mayan thought about it as long as they could. They understood accuracy in these matters was essential to survival. At some point they lost Palenque to the dark. The jaguar throne was reclaimed by the jaguar forces. If I recall my National Geographic specials, the reason Palenque was abandoned are not clear to modern researchers.