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