A skull-like stone carving and a stone torso depict Xipe Totec, the “Flayed Lord”, a pre-Hispanic fertility god depicted as a skinned human corpse. They were excavated from the Ndachjian – Tehuacan archaeological site in Tehuacan, Puebla state, at a temple dedicated to the deity. Photo: AP

Archaeologists discover Mexico temple to Xipe Totec, ‘the Flayed Lord’ whose human sacrifices were skinned

  • 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 skin
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A skull-like stone carving and a stone torso depict Xipe Totec, the “Flayed Lord”, a pre-Hispanic fertility god depicted as a skinned human corpse. They were excavated from the Ndachjian – Tehuacan archaeological site in Tehuacan, Puebla state, at a temple dedicated to the deity. Photo: AP
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