Tlachinol (MH649v)

Tlachinol (MH649v)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the personal name Tlachinol seems to represent the longer expression atl tlachinolli, a metaphor for war. It shows two green horizontal streams of water and, between them, a segmented agricultural field in red and yellow. The red parts appear to have small flames, and the yellow part suggests cultivation (with seeds?).

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The noun tlachinolli is often paired with atl (water) or teoatl (divine flood), in a diphrase and metaphor for flood and burned land, or, in other words, disaster. Janice Lynn Robertson (2017, 189) suggests this diphrase refers to "sacred warfare." The use of a green color for the water is not typical, but green and blue were not as strongly differentiated in Nahua art than they are in Western art.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

fuego, flamas, tierras, agua, guerra, nombres de hombres

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
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."

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

Algo Quemado, o Guerra

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 649v, World Digital Library,

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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