Cihuatlatlati (MH742r)

Cihuatlatlati (MH742r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Cihuatlatlati (“Woman Who Makes Fire,” “Woman Who Guards,” or “Woman Who Murderers”) is attested here as a woman’s name. The glyph is simply the head of a woman, in profile and facing toward the viewer’s left. Her hair is long and straight; she does not have the usual hairstyle of a grown and/or married cihuatl (woman). The multiple readings of the verbs tlatlati and tlatlatia make it difficult to understand what is meant by this glyph beyond “woman.”

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

nombres de mujeres, fuego, guardar, matar, homicidio

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

tlatlati, to guard, to make fire, or to kill,
tlatlatia, to guard, to make fire, or to kill,
tlatlatiani, one who guards, makes fire, or murders people,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Mujer Que Hace Fuego, o Mujer Que Guarda, o Mujer Que Mata

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 742r, 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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