Cocoliloc (MH591r)

Cocoliloc (MH591r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Cocoliloc (perhaps “He Was Hated,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a profile view of the head of a man in tears. The hand of another person has ahold of a large lock of this man's hair, probably pulling it. Hair pulling is a major insult.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The gloss may end in -loc, which would result in a name that appears elsewhere in this collection. Cocol might also refer to someone quarrelsome or hated. Sometimes Cocol is shown as something bent or twisted (perhaps a phonetic indicator), and sometimes Cocol appears as someone having their hair pulled. See some examples, below, that add to the negative dimension of hair pulling.

To pull or cut someone's hair in Nahua culture was a grave insult and cause of intense emotion. Sonya Lipsett-Rivera writes about the ritual humiliation of hair pulling in Religion in New Spain, eds. Susan Schroeder and Stafford Poole (2007), 79.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juan cocolilo...

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Cocoliloc (?)

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: 

loathsome, abhorrent, aborrecible, repugnante, pelo, cabello, cabeza, mano, pull, pulling, jalar

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


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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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