Xipe Totec, the Aztec god of agriculture, spring and the seasons, the symbol the death and rebirth of nature. In order to stimulate the growth in both nature and mankind, he flays himself to offer food to humans (as the maize seed loses its outer skin to enable the shoot to grow). After he has shed his skin, he appears as a shining, golden god. In his honor, each year in the beginning of spring, people were sacrificed to him. These victims were flayed alive.