For centuries in Mexico we have spoken Nahuatl, this is a Uto-Aztec macro-language that is known as the Mexican language, that language gives us many words that we use daily without having any idea of its origin. Today we will be reviewing a word not very common to us (Tlilmixtli), but it’s interesting, so come and get to know it!

Tlilmixtli is a word originating from Nahuatl, it consists of two words: Tlil, which is soot (brand that leaves coal when you hold it with your hands), and can be translated as black or dark gray. For its part, Mixtli translates as “Cloud”, which means that by joining the two words we have “Black Cloud”, that is the meaning of Tlilmixtli.

Tlilmixtli in Literature

In Mexico there is a poem written in the mid-1970s by the philosopher and historian and linguist Miguel León Padilla (Q.E.P.D) who was an expert in Nahuatl literature and culture, entitled “Tochin in metztic”. In Spanish it translates as “the rabbit on the moon”, based on the legend of the same name dating from the pre-Columbian era.

This legend is traditionally taught in elementary school to all Mexican children. In the poem Miguel León Padilla refers to Tlilmixtli when he says “In ihcuac oyahqueh in tlilmixtli” which translates as “When the black clouds are gone”. We share it.

The birds of the night stayed at his house; A lot rained in the middle of the night.

When the black clouds left, the birds were fluttering, perhaps they saw the rabbit on the moon.

I could see the birds of the night and also the rabbit on the moon

The message that this legend conveys is that the nights of full moon are of well-being, joy and beautiful. Look for the reader to enjoy the full moon nights


Like this language, there are countless that end up getting involved in thousands of languages, including ours. Cultural blends enrich not only the aspect of our verbal communication, growth is evidenced in every way.

However, you must know each term, its meaning and provenance in order to make proper use of them. And for that we are, to share the treasures that hide the various languages. Talk!

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