Tlaltetecuin (Verg12r)

Tlaltetecuin (Verg12r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tlaltetecuin (“Earth Pounder,” attested here as a man’s name) shows a bird's eye view of a bordered, rectangular piece of land (tlalli) divided into two parcels or segments. The segment on the left has one large round dot, and the one on the right has many small dots (suggesting cultivation). Above the rectangular land element are two horizontal stones, with their curling ends both upward and downward. Across the middle of each stone are parallel, wavy, horizontal lines. These stones (tetl) provide the phonetic value and visual reduplication for the "-tete-" part of the name, which is alphabetically reduplicated, as shown in the gloss. Tetecuini is a verb meaning to pound, which the stones support both phonetically and semantically.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Tlaltetecuin is also the name of a divine or sacred force or deity associated with pounding the Earth.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

juan tlaltetecui

Gloss Normalization: 

Juan Tlaltetecuin

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

1539

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Tepetlaoztoc, near Tetzcoco

Writing Features: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 
Keywords: 

tierras, parcelas, piedras, golpear

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

Tierra Golpeada

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 
Image Source, Rights: 

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