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Tepeu is a word of the K'iche' Maya language meaning "sovereign" (also "one who conquers" or "one who is victorious"). The title is associated with the god Gukumatz of the K'iche'-Maya, one of the creator gods of the Popol Vuh; his whole name translating as "Sovereign Plumed Serpent".[1][2] The title has also been used by numerous K'iche' rulers such as Tepepul.

The word originated from the Nahuatl Tepeuh.[3]


  1. Preuss, Mary H. (1988). Gods of the Popol Vuh: Xmucane', K'ucumatz, Tojil, and Jurakan. Culver City, CA: Labyrinthos. ISBN 0-911-43725-8. 
  2. Tedlock, Dennis (Ed. and trans.) (1985). Popol Vuh: The Definitive Edition of the Maya Book of the Dawn of Life and the Glories of Gods and Kings. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 067145241X. 
  3. Popol Vuh: The Book of the People: Popol Vuh: Preamble
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