Encyclopedia > Xipe Totec

  Article Content

Xipe Totec

In Aztec mythology, Xipe Totec ("our lord the flayed one") was a life-death-rebirth deity, god of agriculture, the west, disease, spring, goldsmiths and the seasons. He flayed himself to give food to humanity, symbolic of the maize seed losing the outer layer of the seed before germination. Without his skin, he was depicted as a golden god.

Annual human sacrifices were flayed to Xipe Totec and the priests wore their skins.

Alternative: Xipe



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
East Marion, New York

... is a town located in Suffolk County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 756. Geography East Marion is located at 41°7'44" North, ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 54.1 ms