Peyote Hunt

Peyote Hunt : The Sacred Journey of the Huichol Indians

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"Ramon 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 Ramon 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 Ramon 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 5mm | 369g
  • Ithaca, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • Ill.
  • 0801491371
  • 9780801491375
  • 868,517

Table of contents

1. Ramon and Lupe

2. Ethnographic and Historical Background

3. Huichol Religion

4. The Peyote Hunt as an Event

5. The Deer-Maize-Peyote Complex

6. The Purpose and Meaning of the Peyote Hunt


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"Myerhoff's book will be a classic in the anthropology of religion."-Christian Scholar's Review "Barbara G. Myerhoff's splendid study . . . is a sensible participant-observer account . . . of a shamanic priest and his small party of pilgrims as they journey to their original homeland, now a distant sacred center, in search of peyote."-Benjamin Ray, History of Religions "This is a beautiful book, recording with loving care how one thoughtful Huichol Indian wanted to see the world."-Review of Books and Religion "This study is based on observation, verbatim texts of myths, ethnographic data, participation in the rituals, and other publications of Huichol ethnology. The peyote complex is expertly set in the wider context of Huichol religion, society, and history. The study concludes with a review of . . . theories of Turner, Geertz, and Levi-Strauss, which, in turn, are synthesized to provide the basis for sophisticated analysis of meaning and function of the deer-maize-peyote symbol-ritual complex. . . . Should be useful to all seriously interested in understanding alien world views."-Choice
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