Ehecatl (MH733r)

Ehecatl (MH733r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Ehecatl (“Divine Force of the Wind”) is attested here as a man’s name. It shows an anthropomorphic face in profile, facing toward the viewer’s right. This face has a pointed nose and pointed lips, recalling the buccal mask associated with the device through which Ehecatl blew wind on Earth. Above this face appears a long lock of hair that forms a swirl, perhaps reminiscent of the motion of the wind.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The reduplication of the first syllable of the name in this divine force (as it appears in the gloss) is unusual in glosses associated with hieroglyphs. The usual spelling is Ecatl, which we have tried to preserve. Further research is required to understand the differences between ecatl (air, breath), and ehecatl (wind).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


fuerza divina del viento, deidades, calendarios, tonalpohualli, nombres de días, nombres de hombres

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

Ehecatl, deidad del viento

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 733r, 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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