Tlilli tlapalli

Anthony Appleyard mclssaa2 at
Fri Jun 1 08:04:32 UTC 2001

   David Wright <dcwright at> wrote:-

> Does anyone have any idea what could have been the reason Dibble and
> Anderson (Florentine Codex VI: 259) translated the metaphor "Intlil
> intlapal" as "their black, their red" rather than "their black, their
> colors"? The translation of "tlapalli" as "red" keeps cropping up ...

Similar happens in Russian: [krasnyy] = "red", [perkrasnyy] = "beautiful", as
if in the times before modern chemical industrial dyes came, red was the most
readily available bright decorative color.


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