The Flayed God: The Mesoamerican Mythological Tradition : Sacred Texts and Images from Pre-Columbian Mexico and Central America

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HarperSanFrancisco, 1992 - Religion - 456 pages
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coherent and eminently readable volumes to date on the Mesoamerican experience. The flayed god of the title is Xipe Totec, "the metaphoric embodiment of the cyclical pattern of all life, a pattern promising the rebirth of man and man's sustenance, the corn, but requiring sacrificial death for the accomplishment of that rebirth." He is depicted with his face covered by a mask made from the taut skin of a sacrificial victim, a mask through which we can see the wearer's own.

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Contents

Introduction
30
The Mythic Images
46
THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE URBAN TRADlTlON
57
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Markman is Professor Emeritus at California State University in Long Beach, California.

Markham is Professor Emeritus at Fullerton College and Adjunct Professor at California State University.

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