While Xipe Totec's image representation is wearing human skin on his branches in the past from human sacrifices, the skins were flayed by his ancient worshippers. His priests normally wear flayed human skins in honor to Xipe Totec. Xipe Totec himself flayed off his tree barks especially when he switch form.
Both he and Biollante also have a partnership with a Squirrel Titan, Ratatoskr. Sometime in the past, Xipe Totec fought Ghidorah who had previously defeated Tezcatlipoca. When Ghidorah called out to the Titans he defeated, Xipe Totec awakened and started rampaging in Teresina, Brazil; causing trees to burst out of nowhere.
It was only when Huitzilopochtli arrived in Teresina, Huitzilopochtli began engaging with the much larger Xipe Totec. Huitzilopochtli had so much trouble until the arrival of Itzpapalot and together with Huitzilopochtli entered into combat with Xipe Totec. Powers and Abilities Xipe Totec is able to rearrange his entire body structure for any suited purpose. In fact, the most common form that Xipe Totec uses is known as the Tree form which is seen above. It has been speculated that this god has its origins in either the Olmec or the Yope culture.
Xipe Totec rose to prominence in the Aztec pantheon, and was also worshipped by such cultures as the Zapotecs, Mixtecs, and Toltecs. The Aztecs believed that Xipe Totec wore the skin of a human victim. This was supposed to symbolize the old layer of skin that was to be shed, so that renewal of the earth may occur. Additionally, the shedding of the skin is also meant to symbolize the shedding of the external seed covering of maize. This occurs when the seeds are ready to germinate, and therefore is once again a sign of new life.
An alternate depiction of the god Xipe Totec. CC BY 3. Due to this peculiar characteristic of Xipe Totec, rituals revolving around this god have the flayed skin as an important element.
These sacrificial victims, usually war captives, would typically be killed by having their hearts removed. Another type of sacrifice offered to Xipe Totec involved tying a victim to a frame and firing arrows at him. The blood, which dripped down, was meant to symbolize the spring rains that fertilized the earth. This was reserved for captives who displayed the most courage on the field of battle. The victims were bound up on a circular platform and forced to fight either an eagle or a jaguar warrior - the elite troops of the Aztec Empire.
Whilst the Aztec warrior was fully armed, his opponent was not. Although the latter was given a macuauhuitl, a wooden club with obsidian blades, to defend himself, the blades of the sword were replaced with feathers, rendering it pretty much useless as a weapon. Many representations of Xipe Totec have survived till today, as he was a popular subject in various artistic media, including figurines, portraits, and masks.
The god is easily recognized, as he is normally depicted as being completely covered in the skin of one of his sacrificial victims. A new compilation series featuring cat-loving metal bands from every state donating their tracks for local animal welfare organizations.
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