Cuachal (MH537v)

Cuachal (MH537v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Cuachal (“Broken Head,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a profile view of a man's head (cuaitl) , looking toward the viewer's right. If it is a large head, then it fits the noun cuachachal. The top of the head has a large piece missing. This is in the shape of a pie-shaped wedge. Perhaps the baby who was given this name experienced a head injury (referencing the verb cuachalania).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Cuachal is used in contemporary Mexican Spanish to refer to a mess. Also, it may be irrelevant here, but cuacha (with no "l" on the end) is a Mexican word (with a P'urhépech origin) for excrement. See the Diccionario de Americanismos.

Cuachala is a toasted maize sauce known especially in Jalisco and Colima. Chachalo is a type of chile pepper that can be used in the sauce. (See our Online Nahuatl Dictionary for these entries.)

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Cuachal

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

heads, cabezas, lesionadas, dañadas, daño, roto, rota

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

La Cabeza Lesionada

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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