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mazatl

mazatl

Classical Nahuatl

The glyph for the day sign mazātl “deer”, from the Codex Magliabechiano.

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Noun

mazātl (animate, plural māmazah or mazāmeh)

  1. deer
  2. (in compounds) beast, wild animal
  3. (in compounds) horse
  4. The seventh day sign of the Aztec tōnalpōhualli, a deer's head.
    • 16C: Codex Magliabechiano, f. 12r.
      ma tlactl.maça / tli. [sic] qúe qujere / dezir. diez çier / uos. obeſtias.
      ma tlactl. maçatli. [sic] which means “ten deer” or “ten beasts”.

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References

  • Alonso de Molina (1571) Vocabulario en lengua castellana y mexicana y mexicana y castellana, Editorial Porrúa, pages 35r, 50r, 51v
  • Rémi Siméon (1885) Diccionario de la lengua náhuatl o mexicana, Siglo Veintiuno Editores, page 243
  • Laurette Séjourné (1981) El pensamiento náhuatl cifrado por los calendarios, Siglo Veintiuno Editores, page 22