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The Peyote Cult (Forgotten Books)

Paul La Radin

ISBN 10: 1605068683 / ISBN 13: 9781605068688
Published by Forgotten Books, 2008
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Title: The Peyote Cult (Forgotten Books)

Publisher: Forgotten Books

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Peyote has never been a drug for thrill seekers. The small, hard cactus is difficult to obtain. It tastes vile, ingestion normally leads to painful vomiting, and the effects are more subtle than other psychedelics.

The Native American Peyote ceremony emerged at the turn of the 20th century, like the Ghost Dance, at a time when Native American culture was under much stress. It blended Christian and traditional beliefs, and used Peyote as a sacrament. The Peyote ceremony spread from the Southwest into the Plains and other culture regions. Participants reported a spiritual cleansing, and experienced healing effects, which may be the result of powerful natural antibiotics in Peyote.

This is one of the first ethnographic accounts of the Peyote ceremony. Paul Radin wrote this monograph, mostly consisting of first-hand accounts, as part of his 1925 ethnography of the Winnebago tribe, who live in Wisconsin. The Peyote 'Cult' did not die out as Radin thought it might, but grew into the Native American Church, which is still going strong today. This group fought the US legal system to get an exemption to use the cactus, which is a controlled substance, in their ceremonies. (Quote from

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Paul Radin (1883 - 1959)
Paul Radin (April 2, 1883 - February 21, 1959) was a widely-read American anthropologist of the early twentieth century. A student of Franz Boas at Columbia, the Lodz-born Radin counted Edward Sapir and Robert Lowie among his classmates. He began years of productive fieldwork among the Winnebago Indians (now properly the Ho-Chunk Nation) in 1908. His books are several, but his most enduring publication to date is The Trickster (1956), which includes essays by pioneering Greek-myth scholar Karl Kerenyi and psychoanalys

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Paul Radin (1883–1959), who studied under Franz Boas at Columbia University, was one of the most famous and influential anthropologists of his day.

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