- Tapa blanda: 354 páginas
- Editor: University of Oklahoma Press; Edición: Enl. (15 de septiembre de 1989)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0806122145
- ISBN-13: 978-0806122144
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Peyote Cult (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 15 sep 1989
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The Peyote Cult is still quite generally considered to be the one outstanding work on peyote.... La Barre follows the search for the 'mystic experience' through use of chemical substances--a new fashion albeit as old as history--in an unusually objective manner.---Richard Evans Schultes, Psychedelic Review
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For half a century, readers on peyotism have devoured La Barre's fascinating original study, which began when the author, at age twenty-four, studied the rites of fifteen American Indian tribes using Lophophora williamsii, the small, spineless, carrot-shaped peyote cactus growing in the Rio Grande Valley and southward. Continuing his research from the 1930s through the 1980s, Weston La Barre reviews topics such as the Timothy Leary-Richard Alpert -experiments- with peyote and other psychotropic substances, the Carlos Castaneda phenomenon, the progress of the Native American Church toward acceptance as a religious denomination, the presumptions of the Neo-American Church, the legal ramifications of ritual drug use, and the spread of peyotism from the Southwest to other North American tribes. This new edition of La Barre's classic study includes 334 new entries in the latest of his highly valued bibliographical essays on works relating to peyote, not just in anthropology but in a variety of fields including archeology, economics, botany, chemistry, and pharmacology. The bibliography lists important contributions in popular media such as newspapers, audiotapes, and films, as well as in scholarly journals.
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LaBarre began his work when he was only twenty four and continued it for the next fifty years. His bibliography is THE starting point for anyone interested in the subject. It is unfortunate we no longer have anyone so dedicated to the study of peyote AND the advocacy of its use for Indians in the Native American Church. LaBarre expressed outrage that an addictive substance like wine could be freely used in Christian churches while non-addictive peyote was outlawed. (A caveat, the use is once weekly; often peyote is used less often in Native American Churches.)
Faced with this logic, opponents of peyote-use resort to arguments such as children attending Native American services may endure night long ceremonies. Such arguments appear as nothing more than rationals for opposition to non-Christian practices by Indians.
LaBarre points out that much of the ritual of the Native American Church is borrowed from Christianity, and often its adherents claim to be Christians. LaBarre also examines the use of peyote in white, nonreligious practice.
In short, his work is a compendium on peyote like no other, making it mostly a reference source except for the researcher devoted to peyote studies.