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Gender and ‘Earthly Names’ Among the Rural Nahua at contact

“Ordinary women…we don’t even know their names.” The Nahua Naming Ceremony

Naming Ceremony (Florentine Codex)

The Midwife Bathes the Newborn Babe

Earthly Names Ceremony differs for boys and girls

And as she washed it all over, its hands, its feet, she gave a talk to all...

The naming ceremony began at sunrise … and concluded with a banquet

Debate: Condition of Nahua Women

From Classic Texts: Few Female Names

Source: The Book of Tributes by S.L. Cline (INAH, v. 549)

Museo de Antropología, Mexico City: “Here is the home of one...named…Cuilol”.

A census recorded in glyphs (Santa Maria Asuncion, Harvey)

Cline on Libros and Names

4 most common names for each sex. What are the differences?

Common names 6th-10th most frequent by sex

Frequency of Common Female Names

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Names in a Tlatoani Family

Female names by marital status

Male names by marital condition

Conclusions: Earthly Names of Ordinary People

Nahua Gender Relations: assymetry, hierarchy, oppression


Demography, percents and averages:

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“Just a Little Old Man”

“Just a Little Old Woman”

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