"Our lord the flayed one."

In Aztec mythology, the god of planting and springtime. Every year for Xipe Totec's 20-day ritual, a young man would wear the flayed skin of a captive until it rotted off, symbolizing the plant life cycle in the emergence of a young, new being out of the flesh of the old.

Xipe Totec's cult was celebrated at first among the Huastecs of the Gulf Coast of Mexico and later spread to the central cultures. Many Xipe Totec sculptures, with the flayed skin lovingly rendered, are to be found among the Aztec ruins.