Aging (People, Things)
elders, ancestors, antique, birth and birth order, etc.
Agriculture, Gardens, Stockraising
anything relating to cultivation of plants, also animal husbandry
alcoholic beverages, mushrooms, etc., see also Dreams and VIsions
bodies and body parts of all kinds, human & animal; and how we use those parts; see also appearance and jewelry
Animals, Bugs, Insects, Reptiles, Fish, etc.
includes a wide range of living creatures
human appearance; see also anatomy; see also jewelry/adornment
Architecture, Construction, Buildings
a range of features and types of buildings and structures
fine arts and practical arts, a wide range (but see also jewelry & adornment, ceramics, etc.)
this category might also capture mental health issues
all kinds, but see also Alcohol and Hallucinogens
Cardinal Directions, Cosmos
north, south, east, west, up, down, center; ways of seeing the universe
comets, eclipses, stars, etc.
often relates to cooking, eating; but can include sculpture, etc.
Children, Childhood, Adolescence
relating to youth, children, and babies
Chocolate, Cocoa, Cacao
relates to foods, beverages; also, trade and "money" (in kind)
bathing, washing, sweeping, putting things in order; can include concern with dirtiness
not just color names, but things of certain colors
an especially culturally significant food and religious offering
transgressions & consequences of a wide range (not just illegal, per se)
as always, check attestations, not just simple translations of headwords
defined broadly; check attestations for relevance
formal and informal, teaching and learning
happy, sad, angry, anxious, etc. (see also Personality & Behavior, and see Humor)
Family, Kinship, Descent
many kinds of relationships, plus ancestry
special attention to a prominent element in art
Fire, Tobacco, Incense
practical and ritual uses; smoke is significant here, too
special attention to a prominent feature in the culture
Food, Eating, Cooking
indigenous & imported foods; language about eating and preparing food; also hunger
See also Emotions; see also Family
Furniture, Household Goods
indigenous & imported; includes neologisms and loanwords
forthcoming -- meanwhile see Sacrificial Offerings
Health, Sickness, Wellness, Medicine
ailments and remedies of a wide range
teasing, joking, laughter, riddles, etc.
empires and empire-building, including merchants, tributes, wars of conquest, etc.
individuals, places, titles, concepts
Jewelry, Adornment, Accouterments
includes a wide range of regalia, headdresses, fans, etc. (see also Anatomy or Appearance)
Labor, Work, Labor Concerns
relating to work, working conditions (see also Tributes & Service; Occupations)
individual & group ownership of land; boundaries, etc.
evidence of environmental awareness; can relate to place names, rituals
special attention to a particular item in arts and crafts
Legal Matters, Documents
see also Writing & Literacy
Marine, Maritime, Lacustrine
fresh and saltwater vessels, fish & shellfish, bodies of water, etc.
Markets, Commerce, Economy
markets, shops, buying, selling, products, occupations, values
specific & general, weight & size, indigenous & imported
metals theme includes items made of metals; imported & indigenous
Metaphors, Proverbs, Riddles
includes elder speech (huehuetlatolli); see also Humor
Money, Coins, Wealth
usage of coin & goods in kind; payments, loans, etc.
Music, Song, Dance
song encompasses poetry, too