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Xochipila Ceremonial Center

Xicotepec

One place you should explore in Xicotepec is El Centro Ceremonial Xochipila (The Xochipila Ceremonial Center), the only vestige of the town's pre-Hispanic city, is located on one side of the center between the streets of Porfirio Díaz and Santa Rita.

It is a site that emanates mysticism by combining various natural elements, ravines with caves, abundant vegetation, rock formations, and the union of the streams that make the place a sacred site. It is dedicated to the Zapotec god Xochipilli, the god of the sun who wears a painted mask around his mouth representing a butterfly.

When walking you can see a rock five meters ( 16 feet ) high with an elliptical base of 11 meters ( 36 feet ) in diameter, it is accompanied by two rocks that coincide with the figure of the Codex Xólotl, where three stones are shown together in front of a cave and the name.

Xochipila means “Flower of a girl, Princess of Flowers”, although for many historians it is “Flower that sprouts from water”. This center is used by many indigenous groups that gather for the celebration of Juan Techachalco.

One place you should explore in Xicotepec is El Centro Ceremonial Xochipila (The Xochipila Ceremonial Center), the only vestige of the town's pre-Hispanic city, is located on one side of the center between the streets of Porfirio Díaz and Santa Rita.

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It is a site that emanates mysticism by combining various natural elements, ravines with caves, abundant vegetation, rock formations, and the union of the streams that make the place a sacred site. It is dedicated to the Zapotec god Xochipilli, the god of the sun who wears a painted mask around his mouth representing a butterfly.

When walking you can see a rock five meters ( 16 feet ) high with an elliptical base of 11 meters ( 36 feet ) in diameter, it is accompanied by two rocks that coincide with the figure of the Codex Xólotl, where three stones are shown together in front of a cave and the name.

Xochipila means “Flower of a girl, Princess of Flowers”, although for many historians it is “Flower that sprouts from water”. This center is used by many indigenous groups that gather for the celebration of Juan Techachalco.

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