teoatl tlachinolli (TR3v)

teoatl tlachinolli (TR3v)

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

We are including this painting of teoatl tlachinolli (disaster, such as flooding and conflagration) for the possibilities of comparing the details to hieroglyphic writing. The tlachinolli (fire) part is at the top, where the flames of the fire tletl) are red with turquoise-blue tips. Below that is a black serpent's (coatl) head and part of a neck, with red and white stripes. Its eye is open, and its bifurcated tongue is protruding. Below the serpent are two short streams of water (atl) painted turquoise-blue and with white droplets at the ends, each one with a smaller concentric circle, like a bead. On the left edge in a semicircle are three white down feathers.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Note how the order of this pairing can appear reversed (such as in our Online Nahuatl Dictionary). Also, in other examples below, the two elements of the glyph (fire and water) can intertwine or otherwise be paired visually. The personal name Tlachinol appears without reference in the gloss to the water, but the visuals can still include it.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

teuatle . tllachinolli
tāto . como abrasamiento
de fuego. yagua

Gloss Normalization: 

teoatl tlachinolli tanto como abrazamiento de fuego y agua

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 

ca. 1550–1563

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


snakes, serpientes, fuego, agua, guerras, desastres, pestilencia, inundación y conflagración

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

guerra, pestilencia, inundación y conflagración

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Telleriano-Remensis Codex, folio 3 recto, MS Mexicain 385, Gallica digital collection, https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/btv1b8458267s/f32.item.zoom

Image Source, Rights: 

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