The History and Religion of the Huichol Culture

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Huichols or Wixarika are a group of indigenous people live in the rough and rocky terrain of central Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountain whose rituals and traditions have endured all the way through the centuries, even in the countenance of absurd unusual. In spite of the efforts to change them to Catholicism follow by the Spanish invasion of Mexico, the Huichols’ immobile live today is quite related to the time as their ancestors lived many centuries ago. Huichols’ religion engages in recreations of central role in their everyday lives. From the most ordinary job, to the majority consecrated rites, each activity has special symbols and those symbols allude to Huichols’ belief system “myth”. Myth is defined as “a sacred story that people believed to be true” (More, Myers, and Lehmann 2008: 504). Another definition is “The main cause for the Huichol ritual series and the myths inherent it is to preserve optimistic connections with ancestors who organize life and its developments” (Zingg 2004: xxxv). Various kind of Connection to Huichols religion has been found in each part of this culture. The goal of this research is to focus on the spiritual performs of a native culture. Huichols are one of the few native people whose religious and culture have been endured roughly unchanged in the America. For establishing a historical context to recognize the Huichols, this paper will cover a short background on history of Huichol people. After that, it will discuss three main religious aspects which are vital in the Huichol culture. There will be discussion on Huichol blood sacrifice which involves the ritual of killing animals to show how Huichols attempt to keep the balance between their and supernatural world. Second is about Deer-Maize-Peyote ... ... middle of paper ... ...ganized, they are convinced they will be blessed with good health and abundant subsistence” (Zingg 2004: xxxvi). Huichols believe they get the experience of making direct connection between “fifth level” and spirit world, after eating the peyote they finish by dancing and singing (Furst 1990: 183). They finish the trip by going back home, expecting to put spirits and receive luck for other people. Rituals and myths of Huichol are wealthy because they are many and multifaceted. This research covered three aspects of Huichol religious. The intention of arguing two rituals of peyote and the blood ritual was to illustrate their faith in spirits and their myth influence the Huichol present numerous rituals to attain poise in their supernatural and physical world. Covering the Deer-Maize-Peyote symbol showed how Huichol use mythology to make connection to their lives.

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