In a new incident of grisly drug war violence, a man's face was skinned and stitched onto a soccer ball as a threat to members of Mexico's Juarez drug cartel.
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I first read the story in the Vicad, and it put me in mind of one of the gorier Aztec gods – and the Aztec deities were a gory lot. Wikipedia has an OK write-up on Xipe Totec, the flayed one, who was honored with the skins of sacrificed humans. Aztec cosmology is horribly obsessed with violence, death, and cruelty. Small wonder that all their neighbors joined the Spaniards against the Aztecs, and large wonder that latter-day Mexicans have chosen the Aztecs as their historical ideal. They were mean bastards, pretty nigh a psychopathic culture. I've wondered if the Santa Muerte cult in Mexico might not resonate with some atavistic Aztec impulses.
And then, from the World's Worst Newspaper on Sunday:
The violence continued Friday in Juárez with at least 18 slayings -- and the brutality continued to be shocking.
One man was cut into pieces, another was decapitated, one was hanged, a man in a wheelchair was shot to death, and three women were killed.
Read all that story here if you have an appetite for that sort of thing.