Aztec Hieroglyphics

Aztec Hieroglyphics

Here are twenty-one really cool Aztec Hieroglyphics based on the Aztec’s sacred calendar, known as tonalpohualli or “counting of the days.” This went back to great antiquity in Mesoamerica, perhaps to the Olmec civilization of the 1st millennium BCE. It formed a 260-day cycle, which was probably originally based on astronomical observations. The calendar was broken down into units (sometimes referred to as trecenas) of 20 days with each day having its own name and symbol as shown below. The designs come from the Fejervary-Mayer MS. You can click on an individual image to find more information about each Aztec Day Sign. The description of each hieroglyph is from Thomas Joyce’s 1920 book Mexican Day Signs. If you find these Aztec Hieroglyphics interesting, be sure to check out the pages with Aztec Writing and Aztec Deities. Enjoy!

 

 

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