Peyote Hunt: The Sacred Journey of the Huichol Indians

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Cornell University Press, 1976 - 285 páginas

Ramón Medina Silva, a Huichol Indian shaman priest or mara'akame, instructed me in many of his culture's myths, rituals, and symbols, particularly those pertaining to the sacred untiy of deer, maize, and peyote. The significance of this constellation of symbols was revealed to me most vividly when I accompanied Ramón on the Huichol's annual ritual return to hunt the peyote in the sacred land of Wirikuta, in myth and probably in history the place from which the Ancient Ones (ancestors and deities of the present-day Indians) came before settling in their present home in the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental in north-central Mexico. My work with Ramón preceded and followed our journey, but it was this peyote hunt that held the key to, and constituted the climax of, his teachings.--from the Preface

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Preface
15
Ramón and Lupe
29
Ethnographic and Historical Background
52
Huichol Religion
73
The Peyote Hunt as an Event
112
The DeerMaizePeyote Complex
189
The Purpose and Meaning of the Peyote Hunt
229
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