Tlalolin (MH614r)

Tlalolin (MH614r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for the personal name Tlalolin ("Earthquake") actually seems to show a toy, such as a top that could spin, in the form of an upright stick piercing a disc. Above the disc is another, smaller object, and two strings (one on each side) seem to reach down to attach to the disc's outer edge.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Hieroglyphs of earthquakes often have the symbol for movement (olin) on top of a rectangular piece of land. Olin, by itself, can also speak to earthquakes. See below for examples.

This Nahua name, Tlalolin, is preceded in the gloss by a Christian first name (Toribio). He may have been named after Toribio de Benavente, also known as Motolinia ("One Who is Poor or Afflicted"). This was the first word he learned in Nahuatl, and he went on to learn the language well. He lived in the monastery in Huejotzingo. Doing a quick search for the name "Toribio" will produce an impressive result.

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

toribio tlalloli

Gloss Normalization: 

Toribio Tlalolin

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


temblores, terremotos, jugetes, movimiento

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 614r, 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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