Pre-Aztec ‘Flayed god’ temple uncovered in Mexico

archaeologicalnews:

Archaeologists in Mexico say they have made an important discovery, uncovering a temple to Xipe Tótec – the pre-Hispanic “Flayed lord”.

Historically, throughout the region, priests paid tribute to the deity by wearing the skin of human sacrifices.

Items relating to the deity were discovered at a site in Puebla state, and believed to date from 900-1150 AD.

Mexican archaeologists say the find may be the earliest dedication to Xipe Tótec discovered in Mexico.

Worship of the God, who represents fertility and regeneration, is known to have later spread throughout Mesoamerica during Aztec times.

The INAH say the 85cm (33in) ceramic effigy of the god was found in relatively good condition, though some parts are unattached. Read more.

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