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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index

Huichol Indian Sacred Rituals.

Valadez, Mariano (artist) and Valadez, Susana Eger. (1992).
Oakland, CA: Amber Lotus.

ISBN: 0-945798-80-6

Description: Hardcover, 111 pages.

Contents: Introduction, 4 chapters, about the artist and author.

Note: On the left hand pages appear reproductions of yarn paintings by the artist; on the right hand page are brief descriptions and comments on the paintings, Huichol religion and culture. The last chapter describes the meanings associated with the symbols, or icons, used in Huichol yarn painting.

Excerpt(s): In their art work, Huichol Indians express their deepest religious feelings and beliefs acquired through a lifetime of participation in ceremonies and rites. From time to time they are children, they learn how to communicate with the spirit world through symbols and rituals. Thus, for the Huichols, the art of yarn painting is more than mere aesthetic expression. The topics and contents of these paintings reflect the Huichol culture and its shamanic tradition. Like icons, they are objects of religious worship and documents of their ancient wisdom. (page 100)

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