General Aztecs Maya Tocuaro Kids Contact 19 Oct 2018/13 Rabbit
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Dr. Frances Karttunen

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What’s the most interesting fact you’ve come across about the Aztecs (4) Asked by Witham Hall Prep School. Chosen and answered by Dr. Frances Karttunen.

A sore throat; Florentine Codex Bk X
A sore throat; Florentine Codex Bk X (Click on image to enlarge)

They had so many different words for “snot.” Also an amazingly large number of words for lying and deception.

Editor adds:-
Book 10 of the Florentine Codex contains an entire chapter just about all the organs of the body, and another on common ailments and the cures for them. Included - mostly within the paragraph titled ‘the filth which issueth from the body’ - are the following phrases (English/Nahuatl):-
• [our nose] has mucus: iacacuitlaiooa
• nasal mucus: iacacujtlatl; iacatolli; netzomjlli
• throat mucus: tozcaiacacujtlatl
• white phlegm: yztac alaoac
• yellow phlegm: coztic alaoac
• livid phlegm: xoxoctic alaoac
• purulent phlegm (with pus): temalalaoac.
And guess what was one of their treatments for dry nostrils? Washing the nostrils with urine!

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