Tlepapalotl (MH485v)

Tlepapalotl (MH485v)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black line drawing of the compound glyph for Tlepapalotl, a personal name, has two main elements, a flame (tletl) at the bottom and a butterfly (papalotl) at the top. The flame is something like a flower, perhaps a flame-shaped flower.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

There is a verb identified by Barry Sell called tlepapalochihua, meaning "to plunge into the fire like a butterfly." Louise Burkhart (The Slippery Earth, 1989, 207) writes of tlepapalotl as "the moth that flies into the fire and dies" and "was used in indigenous moral discourse to denote the angry person who seeks conflict with others." The Gran Diccionario Náhuatl gives tlepapalotl as a "butterfly of the night" (my translation of the French from Wimmer 2004). In Seler’s study of the Aubin Tonalamatl, he makes potential associations between the tlepapalotl and tlachinolli. See Eduard Seler, The Tonalamatl of the Aubin Collection, 1901, p. 72; and, in his study of Codex Vaticanus No. 3773 (Codex Vaticanus B), published in 1903, he says that the tlepapalotl "is a synonym of the tlexochtli," p. 29.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

pedro tlepapalotl

Gloss Normalization: 

Pedro Tlepapalotl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Cultural Content, Credit: 

Xitlali Torres and Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

fire, fuego, flames, flamas, butterfly, butterflies, mariposas

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 485v, 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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