Visions of a Wic^ol Shaman

pp. 31- Wic^ol souls of the dead : their arrival in the world of the dead



31, Fig. 36

"the soul’s arrival in the village of the deceased. ... To get to the beyond, the male and female souls ... are expected to carry the physical evidence of their sexual lives, the male bringing vaginas, the female, male organs. These they must fling into a tree of life to knock down fruit for a fermented drink to feed the dead and help them celebrate their arrival."


"when a soul embarks on this final journey, it is burdened with the evidence of all the love-making he or she had done in "that other life." As it also does in a ... similar Hopi tradition ..., the female soul carries a basket basked filled with male organs, the male soul a basket with female organs. ... . ... when it arrives in the village of its ancestors, it is told to fling the evidence of its worldly activity into a tree of life laden with fruit. The waiting relatives need the fruit to ferment an intoxicating drink with which to celebrate its


arrival. If the soul came with empty hands, there would be no celebration, no festive drinking, no continuity of life."

p. 33 "For Huichols nieri`ka (pl. nierakate) ... can be understood ... as doorway or portal into "non-ordinary reality," the realm of the divine". {It would be doorway or portal in the sense of being pleasing to the deities, so that they (the deities) therefore open a passageway for blessings to come forth from the divine world into the world of mortals ,for those humans who make and who use such artistic designs.}

souls of the dead : their travels through the world of the dead

Wic^ol -- VHuSh


p. 36 "Red, red, sacred was that blood that came over there to the surface of the sea."

{Is this intended as a myth of the origin of menstruation? In Taoist cosmology, the "Lake of Blood" is the destination for souls of dead woman who, during their lifetime, had practiced deliberate abortion.}

p. 36 "Down, down he went ... Until he reached the bottom of that lake. ...

{Walking under water on a river’s bottom is done (in their astral bodies?) by Sonhay shamans in Mali. (This is also done in Papua.)}

[p. 37] Listening as his walked ... His mother was there."

{Dionusos retrieved his own mother Semele’s soul from the "bottomless lake" (CDCM, s.v. "Dionysus") Lerne. She had died during her praegnancy, whilst the unborn Dionusos was being gestated by her.}

p. 37 "sacred animals of the Sun", including Tasiu (‘Rabbit’) "held the contest."

{Female rabbits menstruate, according to <arabian belief (cited in M&MO). WN [a Moroccan word] is the Kemetic ‘rabbit’-hieroglyph; cf. Vaidik god’s name /VANas-pati/ (literally, husband of *Van-), in Norse VANaheim.}

p. 38 "the Sun ... Our Father emerged there, from the Mountain that Burned, he said, "... what is my name?" ...

[p. 37 "the Mountain that Burned" is "an inactive volcano called Cerro Quemado in Spanish, Reu>unaxi in Huichol".] {In Ainu belief, souls of the dead emerge out of volcanoes; cf. volcanoes as destinations for souls of the dead in the Solomon Islands. Souls of the dead accompany the Sun-god by boat through the netherworld, according to Kemetic belief. }

... it was a female turkey who ... named him" "Our Father, the Sun."

{In CBM, p. 64 (upper registre), Chalchiuhtotolin the Turkey-deity feedeth on faeces, ordure. Pharaoh "would repair to the edge of the river every morning, and ease nature [defaecate?] there", until that river’s "waters were turned into blood"(LB, p. 333).}

"Turkey said, "Xupi` ... ." That is what the female turkey said."

{cf. the name of /XiPe/ (Totec), the god who sucked up sacred liquor [cf. the "fermented drink" quaffed by souls of the Wic^ol dead] through drinking-tubes : cf. the drinking-horn wherethrough To`rr quaffed up the sea.}

{The myth of a mother (who died during her praegnancy) being rescued later by her embryonic deity-son is apparently a prototype of the Taoist ideal of the rescue (after death), of a practitioner of internal alchemy, by an embryonic deity born to (or aborted by) that practitioner. The abortive aspect of this Taoist practice is detailed in the "Lady of Lin-s^ui". (The legend of the "Lady of Lin-s^ui" is more clearly indicative of the abortional nature of this practice than is the myth of Maudgalyayana’s rescue of his own mother’s soul after her death.)} {Belief that the abode of the dead is a Sea of Blood is supposedly a fundamental of Neanderthal religion.}

souls of the dead : their travel to the fire-world

Wic^ol -- VHuSh


p. 44 Opossum "saw the soft spot on his head ["the anterior fontanel, seat of the soul"].

{"Your ko`pavi ["vibratory center on top of the head"] will lead you. This inner wisdom will give you the sight to see

p. 45 The fire’s guardians [who are "rolling stones", on p. 40] chopped Opossum "into a thousand little pieces". {cf. the maxim, "Night hath a thousand eyen" (referring to the stars).}

a certain cloud, which you will follow by day, and a certain star, which you will follow by night." (BH, p. 13). [Flying saucers seen at night are often described as "stars"; but a moving light which can be followed is not a true star. That Mo^s^eh was guided by flying saucers is accepted by many UFOlogists (e.g., in UCAS).]}

"That Opossum Person ... reached ... into the fire ... took a small piece ... put it in

{"So`tuknang ... led them to a big mound where the Ant People lived" (BH, p. 13). {fire-emmets} "So`tuknang ... rained fire ... . He opened up the volcanoes. Fire came from above and below and all around until the earth ... all was one element, fire ... . This was the end of Tokpela, the First World." (BH, p. 14)}

a little bag ["the marsupial pouch"]".

{The marsupial pouch may indicate that the Wic^ol Opossum-deity is a female.}

{The living "rolling stones" of p. 40 are paralleled not only by the "talking stones" who so often appear to Sioux in their dreams, by even by "ye also, as lively stones" (1st Epistole of Petros 2:5).}

VHuSh = Peter T. Furst : Visions of a Huichol Shaman. U of PA Mus of Archeology and Anthropology, 2003.

CDCM = Pierre Grimal (transl. by Maxwell-Hyslop) : A Concise Dictionary of Classical Mythology. 1990.

M&MO = Leo Wiener : Mayan and Mexican Origins. Cambridge, 1926.

CBM = Codex Borgianus Mexicanus.

LB = Louis Ginzberg : Legends of the Bible. Konecky & Konecky.

BH = Frank Waters : Book of the Hopi. Viking Penguin, 1963.

UCAS = Wendelle C. Stevens : UFO – Contact from Angels in Starships.