05 January 2019

Temple of the Flayed Lord

In case you need some inspiration for a new Cthulhu Mythos style cult (also eminently useable for fantasy and historical role-playing games):
Mexican experts say they have found the first temple of the Flayed Lord, a pre-Hispanic fertility god depicted as a skinned human corpse.
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 human victims and then donning their skins. The ritual was seen as a way to ensure fertility and regeneration.
The Popolocas built the temple at a complex known as Ndachjian-Tehuacan between AD 1000 and 1260 and were later conquered by the Aztecs.
More information on the charming Xipe Totec and his ancient Popolocas followers can be found here.


  1. I don't know how to get a hold of you, Akrasia, besides this. Anyway, someone mentioned your blog as a possible place to raise awareness of my O5R DnD kickstarter, Cha'alt.

    Explore the Black Pyramid! I've got a new kickstarter called Cha'alt. It's for both OSR and 5e D&D. Post-apocalyptic, eldritch, gonzo, science-fantasy campaign setting, megadungeon, and hexcrawl:


    1. Let me know if you'd like to blog about it. Feel free to ask questions, get images, or whatever. My email is: Venger.Satanis@yahoo.com


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