Moyotl (MH566v)

Moyotl (MH566v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Moyotl (“Mosquito,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a mosquito in profile, facing toward the viewer's right. It has two wings, shows only two legs, and has an especially long blood-sucking proboscis.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The details for this mosquito are fewer than on the other examples in this collection (see below). Mosquitos are flying insects with six legs. There are thousands of varieties of this pest. They can carry diseases and infect humans as they penetrate the skin to draw blood. This insect is one of many that lent their names to humans and are featured as glyphs. Some insects, such as grasshoppers, are eaten in Mexico.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

Juā moyotl

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Moyotl

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

mosquitos, insectos, nombres de hombres

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


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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