Ecatococ (MH633v)

Ecatococ (MH633v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Ecatococ ("He Was Carried Away by the Wind," attested here as a man's name) shows a face with a protruding wind tube, referring to the divine force of the wind (Ehecatl). Behind the head are a large number of wavy lines suggesting wind (ehecatl). The "was carried away" part of the name (-tococ) seems implied by the visual movement of the wind.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Gabrielle Vail and ‎Christine Hernández (Re-Creating Primordial Time, 2013, ) describe Ehecatl as the wind aspect of Quetzalcoatl, and they note that Ehecatl "wears a buccal (duck) mask through which to blow wind." That the "beak" may have been perceived as a blowing device is supported by the glyph for Pitztli (below).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


wind, viento, aire, aliento, cabezas, cabello

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

eca(tl), air, breath,
eheca(tl), wind, divine force of wind,
ecatoco, to be carried away by the wind,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Se lo Llevó el Viento, o el nombre de una edad antigua

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 633v, 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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