Tlexochitl (MH502r)

Tlexochitl (MH502r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Tlexochitl ("Fire-Flower," attested here as a man’s name) shows a fire (tletl) with four, large, curling flames leaning somewhat to the right and, coming out of the flames, two short-stemmed flowers (xochitl)], each one featuring three rounded petals.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

Eduard Seler, in his study of Codex Vaticanus No. 3773 (Codex Vaticanus B), published in 1903, says that the tlepapalotl "is a synonym of the tlexochtli" (aka tlexochitl), p. 29. The tlepapalotl refers to a moth that flies into the fire at night, seeking light. Louise Burkhart (The Slippery Earth, 1989, 207) writes of the 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."

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 


Gloss Normalization: 

Antonio Tlexochitl

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

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

fires, fuegos, flowers, flores

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

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 502r, 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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