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Representación de Xipe Totec, "nuestro señor desollado", "el señor de nuestra carne y nuestra sangre". A esta deidad mexica se la relacionaba con los ciclos de cosecha, la agricultura, el renacer de la tierra y de la vida.
Hecho en GIMP 2.8.

Arte © Cesar A. Téllez Jácome.
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A depiction of Xipe Totec, "our lord the flayed-one", "the lord of our flesh and blood". This mexican deity is associated with the harvestng cycles, with agriculture, the rebirth of the Earth and life.
Done in GIMP 2.8.

Art © Cesar A. Téllez Jácome.
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Kaptain-Kefiah Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find amusing that only the aztecs could imagine such a monstrous-looking deity AND make him a benevolent god of fertility and life.
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Cesar-fps Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Indeed, the traits of mesoamerican ancient cultures are interesting precisely beacause of this type of contradictions. In general, all the great mesoamerican civilizations were a strange mixture of barbarism, humanism and deep knowledge. Mexicas were particurarily good at mixing the "barbaric" part with an elaborated religion and very particular aesthetic values, for example, is common to hear that other cultures prayed their gods to help them before entering the battlefield during war times, the mexica, on the other hand, considered the war, the battle, as a ritual on itself, like going to the church on sundays, it was "beautiful" to them.
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Kaptain-Kefiah Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, that's what makes them so fascinating as a civilization.
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coricancha Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
So impressive.
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cancerberus97 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Te quedó chingón la imagen de Nuestro Señor el Desollado, carnal.
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TePeYoLlOtL Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
finisimo!!!!!!!
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Rufina-Tomoyo Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Impresionante. Es algo moderno, pero conserva la esencia de la deidad.
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ah-puch-zegno Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
esta muy genial! 
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SaxonPride Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Now THAT is a God worth worshiping. Great work on the feathers, by the way, the whole piece is very vibrant, good work :)
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Bronzetty Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
so does he wear a coat of others skin? or is that his flayed off skin?
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Cesar-fps Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hi! Is someone else's skin, the myth says that he changes his skin frequently, and it represents the nature's cycles.
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Kaptain-Kefiah Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not sure if right, but the first time he flayed himself was to feed humans with his own skin and save them from starvation, right?
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Cesar-fps Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Depends on the myth you refer to, most of the knowledge we have about nahua philosophy and myths comes from the mexica (aztecs), who gathered it through military expansion, "absorbing" traditions from the small reigns they conquered. In the specific case of Xipe-Totec, the most popular verision is that he was one of the four tezcatlipoca (the four firstborn -heh- sons of the two primal gods) and the one to be born without skin, that's the reason he uses a skin.
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Cesar-fps Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it can be a bit confusing. According to the myth, there were two primal gods: Ometéotl and Omecacíhuatl, and they gave birth to another 4 minor gods known as the Tezcatlipoca: the white tezcatlipoca, better known as Quetzalcóatl; the blue tezcatlipoca, better known as Huitzilopochtli; the red tezcatlipoca, better known as Xipe-Totec, and the black tezcatlipoca, known simply as Tezcatlipoca.
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Kaptain-Kefiah Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You mean Tezcatlipoca is not just one deity? i'm a bit confused.
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CaptainMexico Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Todo lo que haces es formidable.
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TheNekonomikon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hermoso :heart:
¡Muy bien hecho!
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