The Flayed God: The Mesoamerican Mythological Tradition : Sacred Texts and Images from Pre-Columbian Mexico and Central America
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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The Mythic Images
THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE URBAN TRADlTlON
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