Sunday, November 1, 2015

Quotes from _The Flower and the Scorpion_ #50

"As we will see, Tezcatlipoca could use both masculine and feminine notions of sexuality to control all. An example occurs in a book of prognostications. On a day that he controlled, known as One Death (ce miquiztli), people honored Tezcatlipoca by giving pleasure to their slaves. Here one must pay attention to Tezcatlipoca's alter ego, Titlacauan (which literally translates as "we are his/her slaves"). On One Death, Titlacauan forces masters to treat their slaves well, and slaves during the day in essence become the masters. This day, then, reverses the social order in a temporary manner, thus befitting a day possessed by Titlacauan. If, however, on this day an individual mistreats his or her slave, Tezcatlipoca mocks and curses that person, then sacrifices and eats him or her. To prevent such a sacrifice, the person thus threatened calls Tezcatlipoca/ Titlacauan a cuiloni, a word that has been translated as puto, "faggot;' meaning the male penetrated during sex with another man. The individual uses Tezcatlipoca/Titlacauan's sexuality as an insult, but Tezcatlipoca does not take this as an insult and simply follows through on his original intent (by sacrificing the individual). Perhaps more important, the narrative pursues Titlacauan as the specific attribute of Tezcatlipoca to be criticized as a cuiloni. This suggests not that Tezcatlipoca had a specific sexual identity, but rather that one aspect of him, Titlacauan, the enslaved aspect of Tezcatlipoca, relates to a passive sexual construct linked to sacrificial discourse."

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