Lady Xoc's Bloodletting Rite
The bloodletting rite of Lady Xoc, of
Yaxchilan, Chiapas, Mexico. While her husband, the king Shield Jaguar,
holds a large torch above her, she pulls a thorn-lined rope through her
tongue. Her blood drips into a woven basket containing blood stained paper,
the stringray spine that pierced her tongue, and the end of the rope. The
bloody paper will be burnt as offering to the gods to prove her royal lineage.