Monday, November 2, 2015
Quotes from _The Flower and the Scorpion_ #51
"This positioning of the ixiptla suggests the ambiguous sexual comportment and obscure gender of Tezcatlipoca. If this god gives birth to sexual excess, then he would seem to take the female position not just in sexual intercourse, but also in the entire panoply of activities required to give birth to a child. At the same time he remains a highly ranked warrior fighting battles; he sustains his position as a masculine man. Again we must consult figure 16, where he possesses a decorated shield, arrows, spears, and several club-like items and the center of his chest is decorated with a flint knife. This figure is far from androgynous, but rather signifies a hypermasculine ideal even while it asserts feminine sexuality."