Toxcatl Festival

Central American - An Aztec festival in honour of Tezcatlipoca. This festival was held in the fifth month of each year and involved a youth who, for one year, reigned as the earthly embodiment of the god. His days were spent in idle pleasure in the company of four maidens with whom he mated and his nights in scouring the highways as Tezcatlipoca, the night-wind. On the final day he ascended the teocalli (sacred pyramid) and his heart was torn out by the officiating priest. Occasionally called Toxcatl Festival.

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