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Ocelocoatl, de l'art secret de communiquer avec les dieux

Abstract : Ocelocoatl, « Snake-Jaguar », title given to the quacuilli, the old priest of Tlalloc, is a náhuatl word with a complex symbolism. On the one hand, it's the metaphor of the bag of yauhtli (oceloyataztli) and the censer (coatlemaitl) worn by the priests in the ritual ceremonies celebrated in honour of the gods of rain. On the other hand, it's also that of the awl (Ce-Ocelotl) which made blood spurt out of the veins of the penitents or of those who were sacrified. The blood offering, which was meant of course to obtain rain, was also an act of « gratitude » of men towards Tlalloc.
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José Contel. Ocelocoatl, de l'art secret de communiquer avec les dieux. Caravelle. Cahiers du monde hispanique et luso-brésilien, Presses Universitaires du Midi, 2001, Hommage à Georges Baudot, 76 (1), pp.153-164. ⟨10.3406/carav.2001.1292⟩. ⟨hal-02149240⟩



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