Peyote Religion

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HISTORY OF CACTI AS HUMAN ALLIES The white man goes into his church house and talks about Jesus,- The Indian goes into his tepee and talks to Jesus. " J. S. Slotkin The Indians once believed, and still do, that Peyote is a God, or at least a messenger of the Gods, sent to communicate directly with the individual worshiper. (BP = before present) [ 10,000 BP ] In several Northern Indian tribes, the Peyote ceremony is descended from …

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