Mamal (MH785v)

Mamal (MH785v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Mamal (perhaps "Driller" or "Drilled") is attested here as a man's name. The glyph shows two hands with a stick between them, at an angle, reaching down to a horizontal board. The intention is to show someone involved in drilling (involving the verb, mamali) fire, by rolling the stick to create fiction at its base and start a fire in the lower piece of wood.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

As a ritual act, which came at the end of every 52-year cycle in the calendar that was a count of the years (xiuhpohualli), this was called mamalhuaztli. See the article on the topic by Ian Mursell, published in Mexicolore.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

matheo manmal

Gloss Normalization: 

Mateo Mamal

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


nombres de hombres, taladro, hacer fuego, fuego nuevo

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 785v, 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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