Papa (MH633r)

Papa (MH633r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name or perhaps a profession, Papaitl or Papatli (which refers to the long, unruly hair of a type of priest, or perhaps the priest himself). This glyph, attested here as a woman’s name, shows a profile view of the head of a man looking toward the viewer's right. He has long hair.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

It is interesting that both men and women could have the name Papaitl or Papatli (two versions of the same name). The glyph definitely shows a male priest with this long hair.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Ana 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: 

priests, sacerdotes, shamanes, pelo largo, nombres de mujeres, religión indígena

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

papa(itl), a type of priest with long hair,
papahuaqui, a type of priest with tangled hair,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Cabello Largo (de un tipo de sacerdote)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 633r, 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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