Omacatl (MH658r)

Omacatl (MH658r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Omacatl (or "Ome Acatl," Two Reed or 2-Reed) is attested here as a man’s name. The glyph shows two vertical, segmented reeds. Their curling roots are visible. And each reed has one small leaf curving upward. This is a calendrical name from the tonalpohualli, the religious divinatory calendar. Many children's names came from this calendar, and the parents believed that the fate of the child was influenced by the day upon which they were born.

Description, Credit: 

Stepahnie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The use of two reeds/canes and two curly roots can account for the number two in the name. Once upon a time there might have been two small circles to provide the numerical companion to the day sign, acatl.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

andres omacatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Andrés Omacatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

dioses, calendarios, días, años, plantas, cañas, fiestas, raices rizadas sobre el suelo, ome acatl, nombres de hombres

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

ome, two,
aca(tl), reed or cane,
Omacatl, divine force of feasting and revelry, or Tezcatlipoca,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Dos Caña, o 2-Caña

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 658r, 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).

Historical Contextualizing Image: