Xipe Totec

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    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.

    Annually, slaves were selected as sacrifices to Xipe Totec. These slaves were carefully flayed to produce a nearly whole skin which was then worn by the priests during the fertility rituals that followed the sacrifice. Some accounts indicate that a thigh bone from the sacrifice was defleshed and used by the priest to touch spectators in a fertility blessing. Paintings and several clay figures have been found which illustrate the flaying method and the appearance of priests wearing flayed skins.

    Lilithu, jimeli1, rotraud_71, Jaisey, and 15 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. jadwinia 92 months ago | reply

      porażające.... awesome! super!

    2. pearmax 92 months ago | reply

      Excelente foto, tetrica. La mascara parece de piedra, no de barro. Muy bueno el trabajo de la luz ( o iluminación) Disculpa mi ignorancia, no domino la terminologia fotografica.

    3. rotraud_71 92 months ago | reply

      Excellente minimalistic picture! Really great!

      Seen in my contact's photos!

    4. Jaisey 92 months ago | reply

      Ah, very strange tone. I really like it. Well done.

    5. Anitah 92 months ago | reply

      Teatro! =)
      Nossa, linda demais
      =*

    6. Maia C 92 months ago | reply

      The dark tone is very effective. (seen in Lonely Objects)

    7. Kirstenv 92 months ago | reply

      This is intriguing. Yet again you made a beautiful shot! :)

    8. flick.it [deleted] 92 months ago | reply

      very beautiful shot... great lighting.

    9. #_Gwen_# 92 months ago | reply

      Cauntisimo tiempo hace que no voy a visitar un museo..... de momento me conformo con los documentales de la tele, aunque cuando pueda ire a ver unas cuantas exposiciones, de siempre me ha gustado el arte y conocer otras culturas :)

      Te quedó una foto misteriosa. ;)

    10. Nney 92 months ago | reply

      la, la, lalalaa, laaa ..

    11. *Irina* [deleted] 92 months ago | reply

      looks almost spooky...the light is great!

    12. Omar Eduardo 92 months ago | reply

      Sammy, Grace, Kholoud, Abhinav, oltrenauta, Mirna, Jadzia, Rotraud, Jaise, Maia, Kirsten, flick.it, Irina & Sepideh: Thank you all for your visit and comments.

      pearmax, Gwen y Nney: Gracias por sus comentarios.

      Anitah: Muito obrigado. ;)

    13. All Your Expressions Photography 92 months ago | reply

      Fabulous use of lighting and B&W! Awesome!

    14. ckcuneo76 91 months ago | reply

      fantastic shot

    15. museology 91 months ago | reply

      Bienvenido al grupo, da gusto iniciar con alguien experimentado como tu, sientete libre de invitar a tus contactos y grupos para participar en el tema.

      Adminstrador de Museos de México
      www.flickr.com/groups/63483146@N00/

    16. Crystal*Lynn [deleted] 91 months ago | reply

      eerie and well done!

    17. Omar Eduardo 91 months ago | reply

      Thank you all for your kind comments. I recomend you to read the description.

    18. scott_heritage 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Heritage Key, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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