tezcatlipoca impersonator

From: a severed head on the skull rack Date: 09-12-16

At this time King Moctezuma adorned the impersonator; he repeatedly adorned him; he gave him gifts; he arrayed him with great pomp. He had all costly things placed on him, verily he took him to be his beloved god, Tezcatlipoca.

The Aztec king didn't array just anyone. Tezcatlipoca was special. This was total mind control. They controlled his diet with brine and they controlled his mind, from birth. The captive thinks he’s Tezcatlipoca and so does the king. Who didn’t believe it? Who wasn’t tricked?
The impersonator fasted; hence it was said: ‘He fasteth in black,’ because he went with his face smoke-black. His head was pasted with eagle down. They only covered his hair for him; it fell to his loins. And when he was attired, he went about with popcorn flowers laid upon his head; they were his crown. And from his ears hung curved golden shell pendants. And they fitted his ears with turquoise ear plugs, turquoise mosaic. And a shell necklace was his necklace. Moreover, his breast ornament was of white seashells. His lip pendant, his slender lip pendant, was of snail shell. And down his back hung the cord bag called icpatoxin.
On both upper arms he wore golden bracelets, on both wrists turquoise bracelets taking up almost all his forearms. And he went putting on only his net cape like a fish net of wide mesh with a fringe of brown cotton thread. And his costly breechclout reached the calves of his legs.He placed bells on both sides, on his legs, bells of gold, called oyoalli. And his obsidian sandals had ocelot skin ears.Thus was arrayed he who would die after one year.When the feast of Toxcatl drew near he married; he looked upon a woman. And he shed, he put in various places, he abandoned what had been his ornaments in which he had walked about fasting in black. His hair was shorn except a tuft of hair upon his forehead, like that of a seasoned warrior. They bound it; they wound it round and round with brown cotton thread called tochyacatl; it was tied with a slipknot. And his forked heron feather ornament with a quetzal feather spray they bound to his warrior's hairdressing.
For twenty days he lived lying with the women. The four women in whose company he lived had also lived for a year guarded in the steward's establishment. The name of the first one was Xochiquetzal; the second was Xilonen; the third was Atlatonan; the fourth was Uixtociuatl.
This is how they got more baby slaves. And Xochiquetzal, his first consort, was the number one represented goddess. She is the most represented goddess among the figurines from Tula, HGO (Edwards and Stocker 2001). And how many baby slaves were born yearly from this group of select representatives and female consorts? Fifty women were guarded for becoming the representatives.
Five days from the feast of Toxcatl, they began to sing and dance.In the next five days, one knew nothing more of Moctezuma. They who yet had been Tezcatlipoca’s companions provided people with food, provided people with favors.On the first day they sang and danced at a place called Tecanman. On the second day it was in the home of the steward who guarded the image of Titlacauan. On the third day it was at Tepetzinco, in the middle of the lagoon. The fourth time it was at Tepepulco.
When they had sung and danced, thereupon he embarked in a boat. The women went, going with him. They went consoling him; they went encouraging him. The boat proceeded to a place called Acaquilpan or Caualtepec; there it proceeded to the shore; there it landed them. For here they were left, rather near Tlapitzauhcan. The women then returned. And only they who for the time had become and were his servitors went following him while yet he lived.
When he arrived where he was to die, a small temple called Tlacochcalco stood, he ascended by himself of his own free will. Climbing the steps, he shattered his flutes and whistles.And when he had risen to the summit, then the offering priests seized him. They threw him upon his back on the sacrificial stone; then one of them cut open his breast; pulled out his heart, and raised it in dedication to the sun.
But his body was not rolled down; rather, four men carried it. His severed head was strung on the skull rack. Thus he was brought to an end in the adornment in which he lived. And this betokened our life on earth. For he who rejoiced, who possessed riches, who sought, who esteemed our lord's sweetness, his fragrance--richness, prosperity--thus ended in great misery. Indeed it was said: "No one on earth went exhausting happiness, riches, wealth."
The Aztecs made mardi gras look ordinary. Every day of the year in some neighborhood, the Aztecs were ritualizing. How does one even begin to compare the Aztecs to our great American society? The main American show is one million Santas begging for money every year at Christmas. In either case, the bottom line is mind control and economics.
One thing is for certain: in present-day parlance, we'd say, "The Tezcatlipoca cult walked the talk." They put someone in the streets conforming to the ideology they were espousing. That someone was going to be sacrificed once a year.



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