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Wixárika Healing Ceremonies

The religious life of the Wixárika people is tied to both the agricultural calendar and to mystical practices. Here, Alejandro Severiano Carrillo Carrilo, a Jalisco craftsman and healer, and Eleuteria de la Cruz Ramirez  , the Wixárika Union President, discuss some of the most important ceremonies.

Comments
  • L. Case

    Very interesting post. I really enjoy reading about the ceremonies and traditions of different peoples, and I must admit I did not know so much about the Wixárika. After reading this post I searched for other information about this people, and I found out many interesting details. I read something about their ceremonies, like the Peyote ceremonies, and I was really impressed by that, as I was impressed by the fact that this people, like other few peoples all over the world, have maintained their habits and traditions through the centuries without yielding to progress. However, I also read that the cultural identity of this people is endangered by many factors: they are not isolated anymore, the oral transmission of their traditions is disappearing, while they are adopting the habits of other peoples. Also their typical ceremonies are endangered, as other religious groups are discouraging them. Perhaps progress is something unavoidable, but I feel a bit sad about the loss of these traditions.

  • Johnny

    I read something about their ceremonies, like the Peyote ceremonies, and I was really impressed by that, as I was impressed by the fact that this people, like other few peoples all over the world, have maintained their habits and traditions through the centuries without yielding to progress. Me too! I forgot where it was though..