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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

The Peyote Book: A Study of Native Medicine.

Mount, Guy. (Editor). (1993).
Cottonwood, CA: Sweetlight Books.

ISBN: 0-9604462-3-0

Description: Paperback, third edition, 144 pages.

Contents: List of illustrations, introduction, meditation, 51 chapters (readings) divided into 8 parts: 1. Peyote Legends and Origin Stories, 2. Testimonials for Healing and Childbirth, 3. The Native American Church, 4. Gathering Peyote, 5. Scientific and Medical Reports, 6. Ecology and Cultivation of Peyote, 7. Peyote and the Law, 8. Conclusion and Testimonials, bibliography.

Contributors: Edward F. Sun Bear, Hal Zina Bergman, Deloria, Leonard Federal Court Finding, Gaskin, Carl Herring, Huichol, Isabel Kelly, Karl Menninger, M. Scott Momaday, Jeannette Mount, Mountain Wolf Woman, Navaho, Schultes, Slotkin, Paul Stewart, Rolling Thunder, Monroe Tsa U. S. Supreme Court Decision 1988, Virginia Trenholm, Virgil J. Walkington, Yaqui, Anne Zapf.

Note: The Peyote Book is an ongoing, ever-growing publication. Readers are invited to submit stories, personal testimonials, research and illustrations for future editions. (page 5).

Excerpt(s): It Will Replace Christianity. The Native American Church, famed for its use of the peyote button in its sacramental worship life, has doubled its membership in the last few years. It appears to be the religion of the future among Indian people. At first a southwestern-based religion, it has spread since the last world war into a great number of northern tribes. Eventually it will replace Christianity among the Indian people.

The largest difference I can see between Indian religion and Christian religion is in interpersonal relationships. Indian society had a religion that taught respect for all members of the society ... there were no locks on doors, no orphanages, no need for oaths, and no hungry people. Indian religion taught that sharing of one's goods with another human being was the highest form of behavior.

Christianity came along and tried to substitute "giving" for sharing. There was only one catch; giving meant giving to the church, not to other people. (Vine Deloria, , page 47)

The most spiritual place I know is the tipi of the Peyote Church. I used to go to synagogue on the high Jewish holidays, but I can no longer feel the presence of the spirit in a group larger than forty.

I sing my Jewish songs in the tipi, and I wear my father's prayer shawl, the one he wore at his bar mitzvah in Germany. My Indian friends say that it does not matter in what language you sing; there are always at least two people who understand-you and the Creator. (Carl A. Hammerschlag, The Dancing Healers, page 59)

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