olin (CQ)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for movement or earthquake (olin) has been carved from the compound personal name Nahui Olintzin. This glyph is red and white. It has a central, vertical, pointed shape with a small circle in the middle. On either side of this axis are what appear like butterfly wings. These shapes vaguely resemble the more X-like shape of the olin glyphs in the Codex Mendoza.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Olin was a day name in the 260-day divinatory calendar called the tonalpohualli in Nahuatl. This calendar had a role in various Mesoamerican religions, including the Mixtec.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

covers ruling men and women of Tecamachalco through 1593

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

southern Puebla state

Semantic Categories: 
Shapes and Perspectives: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

earthquakes, temblores, movement, movimiento, days, días, fechas, dates, calendars, calendarios

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

el movimiento, un signo calendárico

Image Source: 

The Codex Quetzalecatzin, aka Mapa de Ecatepec-Huitziltepec, Codex Ehecatepec-Huitziltepec, or Charles Ratton Codex. Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017590521/

Image Source, Rights: 

The Library of Congress, current custodian of this pictorial Mexican manuscript, hosts a digital version online. It is not copyright protected.

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