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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 Q'uq'umatz of the K'iche'-Maya, one of the creation 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 0-911437-25-8. OCLC 18646724.
  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 & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-45241-X. OCLC 11467786.
  3. ^ Popol Vuh: The Book of the People: Popol Vuh: Preamble Archived 2007-10-17 at the Wayback Machine