Tecocohuatl (MH519v)

Tecocohuatl (MH519v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph stands for the personal name Tecocohuatl (also seen as Tecocoatl, Tecocoa, and Tecocohua). The glyph here shows a man's head with a hand grasping (providing the "hua" phonetic syllable of possession) the throat. The man is shown in profile looking toward the viewer's right. The hand is a left hand, presumably that of another person who is doing the choking, causing pain (tecoco).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The name was held by a famous person of Cuauhtitlan at the time of the Spanish invasion. It is unknown whether the various men with this name in 1560 Huejotzingo had been named for the famous person.

This could be a simplex glyph except for the double duty of the hand, which seems to be the cause of pain but also stands for the possession (hua) of pain. Alfonso Lacadena (2008b, 42) discusses the grasping hand sign as standing for "hua" (relating to possession) as a phonetic complement. The resulting meaning of the name may be "One Who Has Pain" or "One Who is Sick." See Teyahualo, below, for another example of the "grasping hand."

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

gonçalo tecocohuatl

Gloss Normalization: 

Gonzalo Tecocohuatl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

personas malas, personas dañosas, choke, estrangular, Tecocohua variant, nombres de hombres

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

Él Que Sufre Dolores

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 519v, World Digital Library. https://www.loc.gov/resource/gdcwdl.wdl_15282/?sp=118&st=image

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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