Papa (MH623r)

Papa (MH623r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-and-white drawing of the personal name for Papa (a type of priest with long and/or tangled hair) shows the head of a man in profile (facing right) with slightly long, unruly hair.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Long hair had a religious significance. See other examples below. The name Papan is also a possibility for this person, perhaps, given that Papan ("Flags") is known in various sources for both men and women. If Papan is meant, the final "n" has inadvertently dropped away from the gloss. More likely, the name is Papa, short for papaitl or papahuaqui (the latter seems to refer to the hair, one who possesses that type of hair).

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Diego Papa

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: 
Other Cultural Influences: 

padres, papás, glifos préstamos, prestados del español, nombres de hombres, nombres de mujeres, princesas

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

papa(itl), a priest with long hair,
papahuaqui, a priest with tangled hair,
Papan, flag, a name for both females and males,

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 623r, 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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