Aztec god of spring, of new vegetation and sacrifice; also the patron god of goldsmiths. The statues of Xipe Totec show him wearing a freshly flayed skin; this god wears the skin of human victim as a symbol of the new vegetation. The name means literally "Our Lord who is Flayed".
In his honor, each year in the beginning of spring, human prisoners were sacrificed to him. Priests killed victims by arrows, removed their hearts and flayed the bodies; sometimes the victims were alive when they were flayed.
- Xipe Totec by Micha F. Lindemans Encyclopedia Mythica from Encyclopedia Mythica Online.
- Xipe-Totec Encyclopædia Britannica on line.