Aoc Ichan (MH533r)

Aoc Ichan (MH533r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Aoc Ichan (“No Longer His Home,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a house in a frontal view. The gloss explains that it is a former home (chantli) pertaining to someone, if not the tribute payer himself. In society today, this could evoke "Homeless." The chantli is just like a calli; there is no visual difference between the two. This building shows an entryway framed by significant beams, probably made of wood. The bottoms of the two upright beams are painted black.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The use of the adverb aoc across this digital collection is something worthy of close study. Adverbs are somewhat rare, and this negative one might be useful for studying changes in daily life that could be related to emotion. See, for example, Aoc Tocniuh, below. An empty house conjures up the loss of life from epidemics in the colonial context, but if this name predates European colonization, it could simply refer to a house that was abandoned through natural death. This is also worth pursuing for a greater understanding of naming practices. Why would parents give a name such as this to a baby? Was it a metaphor for an orphan, a wanderer/vagrant, a vacant mind, or the like?

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juan aocychan

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Aoc Ichan

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: 

homeless, sin hogar, aoquichan

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

"Ya No Es Su Hogar"

Image Source: 
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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