List of Themes

Personality or Behavior

this category can also capture mental health issues

Plants / Flora

see also Agriculture & Gardens and Flowers

Politics or Power

roles, influence, seats of power, influential individuals, etc.

Race / Ethnicity

indigenous, Spanish, and mixed-heritage people, altepetl allegience, etc.

Religion (Christian)

includes indigenous Christianity, so intersects with indigenous religion

Religion (Indigenous)

emphasis on pre-Columbian beliefs & practices, but some indigenous Christianity, too

Religion (Syncretic)

difficult to discern; see also other religion categories


special attention to an item of cultural importance

Sacrificial Offerings

bloodletting, human sacrifice, etc., in the context of religious offerings

Sensory Perception

language of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, etc.

Sexuality or Fertility

as always, check attestations


fresh & saltwater; plus, armadillos, tortoises, snails, etc. (see also Marine & Maritime)


indigenous slaves and African slaves

Social Hierarchy

class differences, commoners, nobles, etc. (see also Politics & Power)

Socio-Political Units

altepetl, tlaxilacalli, calpulli, chinamitl, tlatilanalli, etc.

Speech, Speaking, Oral Tradition

includes greeting, talking, conversation, huehuetlatolli, etc.

Sports or Games

ball games, bowling, running, juggling, bullfighting, equipment, etc.

Technology & Tools

wooden, metal, leather, pipes, bridges, helmets, cisterns, canopies, crowns, etc. etc.

Textiles & Clothing

patterns, designs, shapes, types, cloaks, mantles, paper vestments, etc., etc.

Theater / Drama

(looking for more suggestions for this category)

Time & Calendar

seasons; thinking about past, present, future; etc.


overlaps with maritime theme; carts; human carriers; roads, travel, horses, mules, etc.

Tributes & Service

see also Labor Issues

Turquoise & Green Stone

special attention to precious natural gems of cultural importance (see also Jewelry)

War or Conflict

conflict is broadly defined; see also Weapons & Shields

Weapons or Shields

see also War & Conflict

Weather & Climate

rain is a major element in this theme

Women, Men, Gender

includes masculinity, etc.

Writing & Literacy

see also Paper and Education