Xipe

Small Hominid of Central America.

Etymology: Possibly related to Xipe Totec, the Aztec god of agriculture and rebirth, whose priests wore the flayed skin of sacrificial victims. In Nahuatl, Xipe originally meant either "the flayed one" or "he with the penis." Variant names: Xiximique. Physical description: Monkeylike. Height, 2—4 feet. Covered with hair. its feet face backward. Habitat: Caves. Distribution: Nicaragua. Significant sightings: In 1968, a group of peasants trapped a Xipe in a cave and killed it by setting fire to the scrub outside.

In November 1990, some fishermen saw a hairy humanoid emerge from the waters of El Palacio Lake, north of Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Source: "The Xipe of Nicaragua," Fortean Times, no. 57 (Spring 1991): 23.

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