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Pronunciation : she-pee-T0E-tec

(Aztec Deity)XIPE TOTEC

Also known as XIPE, YOPI, THE FLAYED LORD
Tonalli : CUAUHTLI (eagle)
Trecena : ITZCUINTLI (1 Dog - 13 Wind)
Etymology : Our Lord, the Flayed One
Festival days : Coming soon ...

Son of ancient creator God/ess Ometeotl, Xipe Totec is the Aztec God of agriculture and patron of goldsmiths.

Xipe Totec originated in Zapotlan but was fast-tracked into the Aztec pantheon where he set a rather disturbing trend amongst priests of skinning sacrificial slaves alive and wearing their skin during the following fertility ritual. Increasing sexual potency to ensure a plentiful supply of future victims was pure genius.

A de-fleshed thigh bone from the volunteer was also used to prod the gathering crowd for good luck, though it wasn't particularly lucky for the flayed body that it once belonged to.

Sometimes referred to as Red Tezcatlipoca, which would make him guardian of the East, Xipe had a rather unfair gladitorial ritual dedicated to him, apparently to prevent the plagues of scabs and suffering he was associated with. A captured enemy soldier would be chained to a stone slab with nothing but a feather covered stick to defend himself with as he was attacked by fully armed warriors from the Aztec's crack Eagle and Jaguar military Ranks.

Only one person on record has managed to fight his way to freedom, Tlahuicole, who lived during the reign of Moctezuma the first. In a bizarre twist he turned his nose up at freedom and refused to budge, demanding the Aztecs do the decent thing and award him proper warriors rights. He didn't have to wait too long for the priests to turn up with their flint knives and duly oblige.
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'Xipe Totec' - Aztec entry : 21st December 2007
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