The Mayan kings had an exclusive relationship with the gods and their forbearers.
The political authority of the kings was based on the special proximity they had with the gods. They were the intermediaries between mankind and the divine world. Their elevated status in the social hierarchy allowed them an identity, a lifestyle and a history different to the rest of the community. They lived with great luxury and enjoyed a privileged diet that allowed them to live beyond the average age of the population. This can be proven by the “advanced age” at which they assumed the throne: between 25 and 35 years of age; the same age bracket that was the usual life expectancy of the common population.