Aztec trickster vampire Demon of the underworld. Xipe Totec is called the “night drinker” because he sucks the Blood of souls of the dead who drop off to sleep instead of doing their penance. Enemies of the Aztec feared him as the god of penitence and sacrificed prisoners of war to him. According to one story, Zipe Totec went to a village and convinced the residents that their sins had taken the form of a huge monster that lurked outside town and cast spells over people. He told them they had to bind the monster and throw it over a cliff. He led the townspeople to a spot where he conjured an imaginary monster. Believing it to be real, the people bound it and took it to the edge of a cliff. Zipe Totec tricked their eyes, and the people fell off the cliff to their deaths.
Xipe Totec (the flayed one) In Aztec mythology, god of vegetation, newly planted seeds, penitential torture, and the west. At his festival, captives were flayed alive and then eaten at a ritual meal. After the feast, the skins of the slain could be worn for up to 20 days by anyone who had skin complaints they wished to cure. Because the skins then turned yellow, Xipe Totec became the patron of goldsmiths. Xipe Totec gave himself as food to the world by having himself skinned alive.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow
Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante
Back to Vampire Creatures
Back to Vampires