Tlatlatoc (MH500r)

Tlatlatoc (MH500r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This compound glyph for the personal name Tlatlatoc (here, attested as a man's name) shows a partial (head and chest), reclining body in profile, facing upward. It appears to be a man, given the hair cut and style, short and over the ears. Flames and smoke [from tlatla, to burn] arise from the body, curling back toward the face. The person's eye does appear to be open, but the final part of the name, -toc, may come from the verb toca, to bury. So, this may be a person who is deceased and whose corpse has been set on fire. The -toc suffix also means to be lying down, prone, stretched out, prone, sometimes asleep. (See our Online Nahuatl Dictionary, using the link below.)

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The fire representing the verb to burn (tlatla) is very different here from the flames in a place glyph in the Codex Mendoza (see below). The verb could be interpreted has having both an alphabetic reduplication and a visual one. But many examples of flames and fire are not necessarily reduplicated alphabetically.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood


death, muerte, muertos, entierros, cremación, cremaciones, acostado

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 500r, 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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