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Painal as depicted in the Florentine Codex.

In Aztec religion, Painal (also spelled Paynal or Painalton, "Little Painal"; also spelled Paynalton; Classical Nahuatl: Payīnal [paˈjiːnaɬ], Payīnaltōn, Payīnaltzin) was a god (teotl) who served as a representative of Huitzilopochtli.[1]

Bernardo de Sahagún's General History of the Things of New Spain, commonly called the Florentine Codex, briefly describes Painal thus:

Paynal was "the delegate," "the substitute," "the deputy," because he represented Uitzilopchtli. When there was a procession he was given the name Paynal, because they pressed him on quickly; he was made to hasten.

  1. ^ Roith, Christian (2018). "Representations of hands in the Florentine Codex by Bernardino de Sahagún (ca 1499–1590)". Paedagogica Historica. 54 (1–2): 114–133. doi:10.1080/00309230.2017.1360918.