During the annual 'feast’ Tlacaxipehualiztli, literally translated ‘the skin of the gevilden’, offered the indigenous inhabitants of the prisoners in the favor of Xipe Totec, so showed the Spanish rulers hundreds of years ago Aztec tribes pushed in their exploration of the Mexican interior. The prisoners were killed in a kind of gladiatorengevecht or with arrows pierced. Then they were skinned and the priests drew their skin as a symbol of rebirth. The heart was the body cut and also sacrificed.
With the discovery of the temple is now also available for the first time, tangible evidence of that gruesome story. The temple was uncovered at the site Ndachjian-Tehuacán in the central state of Puebla. It consists of two offeraltaren and three sculptures: two 70 centimeters wide and 200 kilograms of heavy stone heads and a 80 cm large torso. They have the huidloze body of Xipe Totec proposals. The torso has, for example, two hands on the left arm: one of the god himself, and one of the flayed victims. In the abdomen there is a hole where probably a green stone sat.
The temple was probably used between the years 1000 and 1250 by the Popoloca tribe. That group was later by the Aztecs conquered their empire over Mexico extended until the Spaniards arrived. The Aztecs continued to Xipe Totec worship.