Achiteotl (MH507r)

Achiteotl (MH507r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Achiteotl gives a frontal view of the upper body and head of an anthropomorphic figure with a raised hand and wild hair. The visual may suggest divinity, which is part of the name (-teotl). The start of the name, Achi- means "a little." So, the name might translate "a little bit divine" or "a little divinity"--?

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

One might see in this drawing something of an apparition, perhaps a figure in the mind of an Indigenous Christian--? The extra lines coming off of the figure's body may suggest movement. The Codex Mendoza has a much recurring glyph for teotl that is a half sun (see below), nothing like this figure. Sometimes, in the Matrícula de Huexotzinco, the Teo- prefix of a name is triggered phonetically with a stone (tetl), as in Teoxoch and Xochiteotl. But in another example of Teoxoch, a face is drawn to represent the teotl syllable.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Achiteotl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

figuras divinas, divinidades, fuerzas divinas, fuerzas sagradas, apparitions, Christian

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 

achi, a little, a small amount,
teo(tl), a divine force, a deity,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Un Poco Divino(?)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 507r, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

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