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The Use of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms for Diagnostic Purposes among Some Highland Chinantecs

Arthur J. Rubel and Jean Gettelfinger-Krejci
Economic Botany
Vol. 30, No. 3 (Jul. - Sep., 1976), pp. 235-248
Published by: Springer on behalf of New York Botanical Garden Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4253740
Page Count: 14
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The Use of Hallucinogenic Mushrooms for Diagnostic Purposes among Some Highland Chinantecs
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Abstract

This article describes the ingestion of hallucinogenic mushrooms-Psilocybe Hoogshagenii Heim-as a means to diagnose illness among contemporary Chinantec-speaking Indians of the Sierra de Ixtlán, Oaxaca, México. It is possible that several varieties of hallucinogenic mushrooms are used amongst these highland Chinantecs, the specific variety utilized depending upon "seasonal availability and the precise purpose for which the narcotic is to be taken" (Schultes, 1972: 10). However, the following describes only the observed use of Psilocybe Hoogshagenii, and it should not be generalized to the use of other mushrooms which may prove equally available to diagnosticians in the Sierra.

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