Zacacatl (MH625r)

Zacacatl (MH625r)
Simplex Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the simplex glyph for grasses (zacatl) doubles as the personal name, Zacacatl (here, attested as male). This cluster for grass, hay, or straw has one flower at the apex, and the plant has visible roots.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

The man who bears this name may be from a place called Zacaco (today, Zacanco), given the presence of the -catl (ethnic affiliation) on the end of the noun zacatl. The "n" in Zacacatl and Zacanco would seem to be intrusive.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

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Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla

Semantic Categories: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Jeff Haskett-Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

paja, pastos, malezas, heno, straw, hay, grasses, weeds, ethnicities, etnicidades, afiliación con un pueblo, nombres de hombres

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

zacancatl, someone from Zacanco, or a personal name,
zaca(tl), grasses, weeds,

Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

(persona de Zacanco o un nombre personal)

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 625r, 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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