temazcalli (MH504r)

temazcalli (MH504r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This simplex glyph of a steam bath (temazcalli) represents the occupation that would involve building and/or operating a steam bath. In this case, it is attested as a man's job. The steam bath is a square building involving rectangular stones. The entrance to the bath involves a small arch, darkened as though open. Large flames and/or smoke curls arise from the top of the building.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Other temazcal baths appear below, along with two other structures that involve fire.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


steam, vapor, building, calli, temazcalli, smoke, humo, fire, fuego, baño, bath, steambath, temazcal

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

el baño de vapor, o el temazcal

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
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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