Archaeologists find Mexico temple to god of skinning sacrifices

A statue of Xipe Totec, a pre-Hispanic god whose priests sacrificed and then skinned humans, and then wore their flayed skins on
A statue of Xipe Totec, a pre-Hispanic god whose priests sacrificied humans and then wore their flayed skins on their own backs as part of a fertilty ritual in what is now Mexico

Archaeologists in Mexico have found the first temple to the pre-Hispanic deity Xipe Totec, a god of fertility and war who was worshipped by sacrificing and skinning captives.

Evidence indicates that priests ritually sacrificed their victims on one of the temple's two circular altars, then flayed them on the other and draped themselves in their , Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement.

Historians have long known that Xipe Totec ("the flayed god") was worshipped by numerous peoples across what is now central and western Mexico and the Gulf coast.

But the discovery—made among the ruins of the Ndachjian-Tehuacan in the central state of Puebla—is the first time a temple dedicated to the god has been found, the institute said.

The artefacts uncovered at the site include three stone sculptures of Xipe Totec: two skinned heads and a torso, whose back is covered in engravings representing the sacrificial skins worn by the god.

"Sculpturally speaking it's a very beautiful piece. It measures approximately 80 centimeters (30 inches) tall and has a hole in the belly, which according to historical sources is where a green stone was placed to 'bring it to life' for ceremonies," said Noemi Castillo Tejero, the lead archaeologist on the project.

The measure about 70 centimeters tall and weigh some 200 kilograms (440 pounds).

The temple would have been used from around the year 1000 until about 1260, the institute said. The Spanish takeover of Mexico began in 1519 with the arrival of the conquistador Hernan Cortes.

The institute said Xipe Totec was one of the most important gods in pre-Hispanic Mexico, and was worshipped in a ceremony called Tlacaxipehualiztli, which in the indigenous Nahuatl language means "to wear the skin of the flayed one."

Sacrificial victims were killed either through gladiatorial combat matches or by being shot with arrows, then flayed to glorify Xipe Totec, it said.

Their skins were then buried at the foot of the altars.

Two holes filled in with earth were found in front of the altars at the Ndachjian-Tehuacan site, it said.


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Jan 04, 2019
Only in religions will you find people worshipping stuff that should be in horror movies.

This is almost as bad as nailing someone to a cross and letting him hang in the sun until hes dead. And then wearing the visage around your neck as if it was the most wonderful thing that ever happened.

If you can disconnect THAT sort of thing from reality then you can be made to accept, and perform, almost any horror in service to that god.

With glee. With love in your heart.

Jan 04, 2019
I think it's better to keep a healthy separation between archeology and religion. Preach elsewhere.

mqr
Jan 04, 2019
Governments (i.e., the wealthy) are far more brutal and insane than religions.... that is why they create nationalisms, so the people are led into destroying other as an act of "love for the land". Indeed, the very rich use religions in order to set their destruction agendas. Example, hear Bashar Al Assad justifying the massacres in Syria based on Islam. Or see the crosses in the concentration camps in Germany.

The wealthy are psychopatic, so they believe in nothing, their gods are privilege, cruelty and domination. They use religions to destroy their targets, by the manipulation of the naive.

Jan 04, 2019
I think it's better to keep a healthy separation between archeology and religion.


I don't think the comment on human sacrifices veered into religion at any point, it was describing the archaeology and its social context.

If you are sensitive to religious expression or the criticism thereof, I suggest you don't study religion or science on religion and - as you said - abstain from your personal "preaching". But religion has been a common enough superstition, so other people will look into it.

Jan 04, 2019
Governments (i.e., the wealthy) ...


Speaking of personal (political) "preaching", that quickly went into balderdash,

"A government is the system or group of people governing an organized community, often a state." https://en.wikipe...vernment

If you vote, you should learn this, it is both in your best interest and moral interest as well as in the interest of your community.

Jan 04, 2019
I think it's better to keep a healthy separation between archeology and religion. Preach elsewhere
Of course you do. Archeology proves your bible fables never happened.

"Tel Aviv University archaeologist Ze'ev Herzog wrote in the Haaretz newspaper:

"This is what archaeologists have learned from their excavations in the Land of Israel: the Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander in the desert, did not conquer the land in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the 12 tribes of Israel. Perhaps even harder to swallow is that the united monarchy of David and Solomon, which is described by the Bible as a regional power, was at most a small tribal kingdom. And it will come as an unpleasant shock to many that the God of Israel, YHWH, had a female consort..."

-So the perfect god who nevertheless wrote the book about people who never existed and events which never happened is also, by extension, a fable.

Sorry you cant separate religion from reality.

Jan 04, 2019
The wealthy are psychopatic, so they believe in nothing, their gods are privilege, cruelty and domination. They use religions to destroy their targets, by the manipulation of the naive
Religion justifies the state, the state protects the religion. The SS swore an oath to der Fuehrer 'bis in den Tod, so war mir Gott helfe' - unto death so help me god. They fully believed that Hitler was the savior, sent by god, to deliver the people from evil within and without, and deliver them to the promised land (Lebensraum). Hitler was a practicing catholic. Look it up.

Communism is a pseudoreligion. The ideology is replete with references to the soul and spirit, a chosen people (the working class) and a promised land - the earth.

And EVERY religion that has survived to the present has at its core the mandate to destroy every other religion. They do this by outgrowing and overrunning them.

"Be fruitful and multiply, fill up the earth" with more of us and fewer of them.

Jan 04, 2019
wealthy are psychopatic... their gods are privilege, cruelty and domination. They use religions to destroy their targets, by the manipulation of the naive
I actually was going to answer this with a response from a recent thread

"Richest evangelists:
10. Joyce Meyer $8M
9. T.D. Jakes $18M
8. Franklin Graham $25M
7. Rick Warren $25M
6. Billy Graham (PBUH) $25M
5. Creflo Dollar $27M
4. Joel Osteen $40M
3. Benny Hinn $60M
2. Pat Robertson $100M
1. Kenneth Copeland $300M

-Note I didnt include the parsonage. Or the private jets, the vacation homes, the expense accounts, or the multibillion$$ organizations their crime families support.

Did I mention crime families?

"The Catholic Church is the largest and topmost Christian organization which has an estimated wealth more than $30 billion"

-Probably low from all accounts but impossible to know. Perhaps a good RICO prosecution would give a more dependable number."

Psychopaths love superstition.

Jan 05, 2019
Interesting. It seems that Michelangelo worshiped a similar deity. See his Last Judgment where the flayed skin is his self portrait: https://www.googl...40426527

Jan 05, 2019
Well heckfire! The Aztec ruling class almost managed to make the Bourbons & Hapsburg dynasties almost appear humane & reasonable.

Jan 06, 2019
People do the same kind of sacrifices today. There are millions of unborn babies sacrificed on the altar of convenience every year. People without a fear of God claim that these unborn babies are not yet human, and therefore not subject to punishment under the law. Pathetic!

Jan 07, 2019
Archaeologists in Mexico have found the first temple to the pre-Hispanic deity Xipe Totec, a god of fertility and war who was worshipped by sacrificing and skinning captives.



You mean, skin first, then sacrifice.

It's no wonder the Spanish wiped these evil bastards out.

Jan 07, 2019
Archaeologists in Mexico have found the first temple to the pre-Hispanic deity Xipe Totec, a god of fertility and war who was worshipped by sacrificing and skinning captives.



You mean, skin first, then sacrifice.

It's no wonder the Spanish wiped these evil bastards out.

Perhaps, you should do a little research on something called the Spanish Inquisition.

Jan 07, 2019
People do the same kind of sacrifices today. There are millions of unborn babies sacrificed... Pathetic!
Religionist strategy has always been to force women to make babies until it kills them, for the purpose of outgrowing and overrunning their counterparts who are busy trying to do the same to them.

The human tropical growth rate has always resulted in overpopulation. Religions exploit this and maximize it for their own selfish ends. Religions would rather their children grow up to die on the battlefield or rioting in the streets. Quiverfull. Psm127.

Western culture emancipates women and makes people responsible for their own futures, not god. But religionist overgrowth still makes ABORTION the only alternative to social collapse, revolution, and war.

ABORTION - over ONE BILLION worldwide since roe v wade.

Without religion there would be sustainable growth throughout the world.

Without religion there would be no reason for conflict and no need for ABORTION.

Jan 07, 2019
yes bart, we understand. Females are refusing to obey your dictates. How dare they demand the same right to self-defense that you claim?

Since you insist a dividing cell has a sacred right to existence? Every one of your sperm splatter your computer screen while getting off to goat porn? Was a potential baby.

Since you seek to penalize females, women, girls for menstruating away their half of a baby? &punish those who loose the fetus to natural miscarriage? What legal penalty do you incur for your masturbatory habit?

As a recent article described. The male genetic contribution that is often defective, That triggers the defective fetus into a natural miscarriage,

Which means you, personally, are responsible for those failed pregnancies. By deliberately causing defective babies, shouldn't you face legal punishment?

If you do not want abortions?
You would support sex education & preventive birth control.
Pity no one taught your daddy how to use a condom.

Jan 07, 2019
ahh, shootownfoot. There was some pious moralizing by sone literate cathholic priests.
The rest of the spanish conquistadors didn't give a rat's ass.
They kept their sights strictly focused on pillaging the gold & silver & claiming all the land. Collecting survuvung natives for slave labor & merciless rape.

You want evil bastards? You might consider the religious wars that then swept across europe.
The spanish armies paid with that american silver.
The churches decorated with that american gold.

Jan 07, 2019
rr, your pure evil comments have no need of a rebuttal, as they are hogwash. You won't get me playing so low.

Jan 07, 2019
auntieoral. Yes do some research on the spanish inquisition, Compare to portugal & italy. & france.

Then expand your research to include the protestant states.
If I remember correctly? For western europe, the last two legal executions for witchcraft were in protestant scotland & a protestant canton of switzerland?

Contrary to your usual state of ignorance. Victims of all the varieties of oppression, were not executed om religious rgrounds. Rather the executions were by the State authorities. On charges that heresy was treason ahainst the monarch.
An offshoot of ancient god-kings suppressing any threat to their thrones/altars.

Jan 07, 2019
ohh bart, I do not expect you to have the moral principles to debate me.

You are a misogynist coward with your vicious attacks on women & girls.

Your intention is to deprive them of their Civil Liberties.
To enable your spiteful efforts to degrade females for your own perverse motivations.

Jan 07, 2019
Archaeologists in Mexico have found the first temple to the pre-Hispanic deity Xipe Totec, a god of fertility and war who was worshipped by sacrificing and skinning captives.



You mean, skin first, then sacrifice.

It's no wonder the Spanish wiped these evil bastards out.

Perhaps, you should do a little research on something called the Spanish Inquisition.

Did you say, The Inquisition?
https://www.youtu...kcBctE7c

Jan 07, 2019
Did you say, The Inquisition?
https://www.youtu...kcBctE7c
if you're doing Mel, I gotta do Monty! LMFAO

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

https://youtu.be/...XGE?t=36

Jan 08, 2019
rr, your pure evil comments have no need of a rebuttal, as they are hogwash. You won't get me playing so low
Well how about my evil comments barto? You rarely rebut them. Is it because it's so hard to refute facts?

Is it because theres no bully pulpit here to preach from?

'You CANNOT petition, the Lord, with PRAYER.' haha

Jan 08, 2019

Did you say, The Inquisition?
https://www.youtu...kcBctE7c

Thank you, Biggus.
https://www.youtu...=pl%2Cwn

Jan 08, 2019
Did you say, The Inquisition?
https://www.youtu...kcBctE7c
Thats shameful. Ill have you know Ive reported you... for the hellofit

to the emperor maximus erecticus

Jan 08, 2019
It's good to be the king.

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