Nahual (MH879v)

Nahual (MH879v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Nahual (short for nahualli, "Personal Shape-Shifting Spirit") is attested here as a man's name. The glyph includes a human face in profile, looking toward the viewer's right. On the head of this human is what appears to be an animal, probably an animal spirit.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The nahualli was typically visualized as being located on the top of the human head. See some other examples in this collection, below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 


Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

nahuales, espiritus, supernaturales, cabezas, nombres de hombres

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

nahual(li), a shape-shifting spirit,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

El Nahual

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 879v, 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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