Xochipilli in temicxoch !
Xochipilli - The "Prince of Flowers" of the Mexica
or Aztecs of Mesoamerica. This statue of Xochipilli was unearthed at Tlalmanalco
on Mt. Popocatépetl and is dated approximately 1450 A.D. The god's body is
adorned with carved flowers including coaxihuitl or the
Turbina Corymbosa (L.) Raf., source of ololiuhqui seeds,
quauhyetl or the tobacco Nicotiana tabacum L., and other visonary
plants, including rosettes of the sectioned
caps of the mushrooms called
xochinanácatl or "flower mushrooms"
in Náhuatl, probably Psilocybe aztecorum. For the Aztecs
"flowers" were a metaphor for the entheogens as evidenced by the
repeated reference to "flowers that inebriate" in their
face of Xochipilli is contorted as if seeing visions in ecstasy, and the head is
tilted as if hearing voices. temicxoch...
R.G. Wasson says in the
The Wonderous Mushroom of the statue of Xochipilli:
"He is absorbed in temicxoch, 'the flowery dream'*, as
the Nahua say in describing the awesome experience that follows the ingestion of
I can think of nothing like it in the long and rich history of European art:
Xochipilli absorbed in temicxoch."
* Note: Translated as 'dream flowers' in the original.
! Image courtesy of
Santa Cruz, CA 95061 USA
© Joel Snow
Created May 1, 1995
Revised August 22, 1996