Aoc Ichan (MH629v)

Aoc Ichan (MH629v)
Compound 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 frontal view of a home (chantli). Below the building is a man's head in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. The man's eye is closed, which may indicate that he is deceased. This may serve as a semantic indicator that the house no longer aoc belongs to anyone.

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: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Aoc Ichan (or Aoquichan)

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

aoquichan, casa vacía, muerto, muerte, nombres de hombres

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

Ya No Es Su Hogar

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 629v, 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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