Local priests wore flayed from dead people skin.
In Mexico for the first time unearthed a pre-Columbian temple dedicated to the God of the Thorn-Tautuku, better known as “God with peeled skin” (Flayed Lord).
The ship-Totec was the Aztec Pantheon of deities and was the patron of fertility and renewal of nature.
Nevertheless this God is associated with horrific human sacrifice and his priests wore flayed from dead people skin.
Informed in Mexico have found artefacts of the Ship-Tautuku, including its figures, or figures of his followers, which was wearing a flayed human skin, but his personal temples, the archaeologists didn’t find any.
Fresh find was made during excavations on the territory of the nation popoloca. Mexican national Institute of Anthropology and history said that the temple “Flayed God” found during recent excavations of ancient ruins popoloca in the Central state of Puebla.
In the ruins were found two stone sculptures depicting a human skull and the human statue “dressed” a flayed human skin with loose hands and sewn on the chest. Perhaps it depicts a priest of the temple, and maybe it’s a statue of the Thorn-Totaka.
The temple was built popoloca approximately between 1000 and 1260 BC, and later passed to the Aztecs, who conquered potolokov.
Scientists do not know exactly how humans were sacrificed on this particular temple, there is a theory that between them, arranged something like Gladiator fights and defeated immediately skinned.
When the researchers drevnepersidskih cultures first encountered the figure of the Thorn-Totaka, they had no idea what it can be connected with a mass culture, as the construction of temples in his honor. There have been suggestions that the Spike-Totec is simply connected with a ritual rite of skinning the dead victims.
Now everything points exactly to the advanced culture of the worship of this deity. Moreover, the Spike-Totec was found not only for the Aztecs and popolocas, but also in other native American cultures under different names.
“The finding of a fragment of a sculpture of a human torso, which depicts the flayed human sacrifice in the ruins of the temple is perhaps the most convincing evidence of the connection of this practice and the specific deity in a particular temple. This is proof to me even far more crucial, than was found immediately stone sculptures of skulls,” says archaeologist Susan Gillespie from the University of Florida. Gillespie was not involved in the excavations in Pueblo, but interested in this subject.
In the famous Codex Borgia can be seen drawing a Thorn-Totaka in a suit of flayed skin.
According to Aztec legends, the Thorn-Totec personally stripped off his skin to acquaint people with the culture of the maize, whose grain hiding under the husk as the meat under the skin. Its often depicted with red face or limbs, and partly hanging from the body pale yellow skin.
However it is unclear where did the Ship-Totec and why it has also been associated with various diseases of the skin and eyes, like blisters, pimples and pox. In addition, he is sometimes called “the God that invented war.”
In the great temple of the Aztecs in Tenochtitlan from the Thorn-Totaka was a “nook” under the name “Yobiko”. He was also devoted to the annual festival celebrating the spring equinox.
The figure of the Thorn-Coteca in the Mexican Museum
Once the Spanish conquistadors were present at this festival and I personally saw how it killed the prisoners, and the next day the priests wore flayed their skin, which is still oozing blood. The skin was decorated with various colorful feathers and gold pendants.
The festival lasted 20 days, then stripped the skin was laid for storage in special containers with tight lids, in an attempt to protect it from rapid degradation.
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