Tamoanchan (TR13r)

Tamoanchan (TR13r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This iconographic example shows the tree associated with Tamoanchan. It is multicolored, with flowers and roots showing (red roots). The roots are curling. The tree is severed in the middle, with red and yellow scalloped edges and red blood spurting from the cut. The red blood has green drops at the tips of the spurts. The trunk is otherwise an orange.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Tamoanchan is a place of origin recognized by central Mexican peoples. Itzpapalotl is a female divine force charged with guarding the tree. In the Codex Borgia, the tree is a wounded serpent. [See David Carrasco and Scott Sessions, Cave, City, and Eagle's Nest, 2007, p. 368.] The severed trunk here has the yellow scalloping and red band next to that, which is reminiscent of severed human body parts. That a tree could bleed is also evidence of a certain way of thinking of plants. For more on these red and yellow associations with transitions between exteriors and interiors, please see the article on the left navigation bar.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pintā este arbol ensangrētado y
quebrado por medio como quiē dize fiesta

Gloss Normalization: 

pintan este árbol ensangrentado y quebrado por medio como quien dice fiesta

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


origins, origenes

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

Tamoanchan, a legendary place of origin, a paradise, https://nahuatl.wired-humanities.org/content/tamoanchan

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 13 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f51.item.zoom

Image Source, Rights: 

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