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Aztec Place Name

This placename appears on the facade of the church.  The Aztecs [Mexicas] combined pictograms to create a phonetic rendering of place names.  "Acolman" was represented by the arm of the first man crowned by water.  In this example, the symbol for water closely resembles the pre-Hispanic Aztec glyph (wavy lines terminating in sea shells), while the naturalistic rendering of the arm bears far more resemblance to artistic canons of the European Renaissance.

Otomi Place Name

Aztec Place Name