ehecatl (MH607v)

ehecatl (MH607v)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This is a black-line drawing of an element from a compound glyph for the noun Ecatl ("Breath" or "Air"). The glyph shows a representation of the divine force of wind (Ehecatl), with a buccal mask that included a device for blowing wind.

Added Analysis: 

We are carefully tracing the spelling of ecatl and ehecatl. Ecatl is vastly more common in the glosses. According to the dictionaries, the reduplication of the first syllable distinguishes that word ehecatl, making it "wind," which is more forceful than ecatl, "breath" or "air."

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Juan Ecatl

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


viento, aire, aliento, fuerzas divinas, divinidades, deidades, religión, nombres de hombres

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 607v, 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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