Lhuichol art That is, their weavings, paintings, figures and drawings are the visions that the huicholes see when they eat peyote, a plant containing psychoactive substances, such as mescaline, which is the origin of its famous psychedelic effects. Nevertheless, rather than minimising the consumption of this plant as a resource for escaping from reality, it is necessary to understand that the ingestion of peyote is part of a rite that is essential to the behaviour, life and artistic manifestations of this people.

"The origin of this renowned art remains on the nierikaA small votive tablet made of coloured wool with flowers, on which the huicholes express their contact with the divine through the ingestion of peyote...[1]

The consumption of peyote is carried out at the end of the most important ritual of this culture: the pilgrimage to WirikutaThis is a sacred place located in the dessert of San Luis Potosí, a state in central Mexico. It is here that men can find the peyote, which will help them to get in touch with the gods and to maintain the balance in the planet, the harmony with nature. An ancestral search for visions that signifies the initiation to life and cosmic transcendence.

The blue deer, known as the KayumariHe is the elder brother of the huicholes, he knows their destiny and shows them the place where they must hunt, take the peyote and complete the rite for the meeting with the gods. To do this, one of the 'jicareros' (name of the pilgrims), the most experienced, must 'find' the game by carefully observing the horizon where he himself will surrender, allowing him to be hunted and become the first peyote.

In order to better understand this rite, it should be mentioned that the religion of the Huicholes is animistic, that is, the forces of nature and living beings are venerated as symbols of the divine. This is how a man can become an animal or vegetable, because they themselves can do so, since they are essentially men too. Men can also become one of their ancestors and in particular, by becoming a representation of the gods (animals or forces of nature) they also become one of them.

Cleanliness of body and soul is essential for successful visions and the search for peyote. It is for this reason that throughout the journey to Wirikuta, people keep a constant state of wakefulness, without sleeping for a moment. This is one of the sacrifices that must be made to achieve success in the mission. In addition, one must fast and avoid sexual contact during the 5 days before the end of the rite. This is how one reaches the optimal state that allows one to contact the gods, the ancestors and become one of them.

In the same way, the collective experience favours the collection of visions: the sum of individual visions helps to build the whole, which will be represented in their artistic works: pottery, dishes, spoons, wooden animals, embroidery and jewellery on which they make drawings of many forms.

Find unique embroidered jewellery in Huichol art on the solidarity shop.

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Lhuichol art That is, their weavings, paintings, figures and drawings are the visions that the huicholes see when they eat peyote, a plant containing psychoactive substances, such as mescaline, which is the origin of its famous psychedelic effects. Nevertheless, rather than minimising the consumption of this plant as a resource for escaping from reality, it is necessary to understand that the ingestion of peyote is part of a rite that is essential to the behaviour, life and artistic manifestations of this people.

"The origin of this renowned art remains on the nierikaA small votive tablet made of coloured wool with flowers, on which the huicholes express their contact with the divine through the ingestion of peyote...

The consumption of peyote is carried out at the end of the most important ritual of this culture: the pilgrimage to WirikutaThis is a sacred place located in the dessert of San Luis Potosí, a state in central Mexico. It is here that men can find the peyote, which will help them to get in touch with the gods and to maintain the balance in the planet, the harmony with nature. An ancestral search for visions that signifies the initiation to life and cosmic transcendence.

The blue game, known as the KayumariHe is the elder brother of the huicholes, he knows their destiny and shows them the place where they must hunt, take the peyote and complete the rite for the meeting with the gods. To do this, one of the 'jicareros' (name of the pilgrims), the most experienced, must 'find' the game by carefully observing the horizon where he himself will surrender, allowing him to be hunted and become the first peyote.

In order to better understand this rite, it should be mentioned that the religion of the Huicholes is animistic, that is, the forces of nature and living beings are venerated as symbols of the divine. This is how a man can become an animal or vegetable, because they themselves can do so, since they are essentially men too. Men can also become one of their ancestors and in particular, by becoming a representation of the gods (animals or forces of nature) they also become one of them.

Cleanliness of body and soul is essential for successful visions and the search for peyote. It is for this reason that throughout the journey to Wirikuta, people keep a constant state of wakefulness, without sleeping for a moment. This is one of the sacrifices that must be made to achieve success in the mission. In addition, one must fast and avoid sexual contact during the 5 days before the end of the rite. This is how one reaches the optimate state which allows one to contact the gods, the ancestors and become one of them.

In the same way, the collective experience favours the collection of visions: the sum of individual visions helps to build the whole, which will be represented in their artistic works: pottery, dishes, spoons, wooden animals, embroidery and jewellery on which they make drawings of many forms.

Find unique embroidered jewellery in Huichol art on the solidarity shop.

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