Tlachinol (MH543r)

Tlachinol (MH543r)
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Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This drawing of a line of water twisting with a line of fire provides a visual diphrase for the name Tlachinol, attested here as a man's name. The Nahuas had a metaphor for war that included water (atl) or flooding (teoatl) together with fire, often burned fields (tlachinolli). The personal name derives from this latter word. The burning fields are here presented as red, and the water shows stretches of flowing water with lines of current alternating with whirlpools.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

antonio tlachinol

Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Tlachinol

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood


fires, fuegos, tierra quemada, tlachinolli, scorched earth, flamas, flames

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Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 

James Lockhart (The Nahuas, 1992, 120) refers to the name Yaotlachinol, witnessed in a census from the Cuernavaca region (1535–45), calling it as "The Scorching of War."

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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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