In Aztec mythology
, Xipe Totec
("our lord the flayed one") was a life-death-rebirth deity
, god of agriculture
, the west, disease, spring, goldsmiths and the seasons. He flayed himself to give food to humanity, symbolic of the maize
seed losing the outer layer of the seed before germination
. Without his skin, he was depicted as a golden
Annual human sacrifices were flayed to Xipe Totec and the priests wore their skins.