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Rare god temple uncovered

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MEXICO CITY—Mexican experts say they have found the first temple of the Flayed Lord, a pre-Hispanic fertility god depicted as a skinned human corpse.

Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History said yesterday the find was made during recent excavations of Popoloca Indian ruins in Puebla state.

The institute said experts found two skull-like stone carvings and a stone trunk depicting the god, Xipe Totec.

It had an extra hand dangling off one arm—suggesting the god was wearing the skin of a sacrificial victim.

Priests worshipped Xipe Totec by skinning victims and then donning their skins.

The Popolocas built the temple between A.D. 1000 and 1260 and later were conquered by the Aztecs.

Depictions of the god had been found before in other cultures but not a whole temple.

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