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THE ORIGIN OF HUICHOL ART

EL ORIGEN DEL ARTE HUICHOL

The origin of Huichol art lies in an ancestral tradition, the physical transcription of the images visualized by the Huichol shamans; induced by the ingestion of Peyote (hikuri), their sacred cactus, allowing them to cross the threshold of the unknown and thus relate to the divine.

These Huichol works of art are made with beads or thread (stamen), each one carries symbolic motifs, stories of the Huichol culture and Huichol legends of their cosmogony that offer us a panorama of Huichol society.

Initiation of ritual art: Because it belongs to the specific religious practice of an indigenous group, Huichol art has different dimensions from contemporary art that we usually find in museums and galleries. The Huichol world is divided into three universes: that of mythology, the Huichol maintains that life began in the ocean; the one referring to corn, where daily life and Huichol traditions take place and the one that has to do with mysticism, which reveals the Huichol world and the Huichol art of their rituals that distinguishes them and gives them identity as a Huichol community.

Although the origin of this fascinating Huichol ethnic group is uncertain, what is indisputable is that during the Conquest period, many survivors of various indigenous peoples, mainly the Huichol, fled into the Sierra Madre Occidental to escape the wake of the of destruction left by the Spanish troops.
Huichol Art is a form of writing, since through creations, the Huichols tell us their stories and myths. In each Huichol craft they leave a piece of their life. Currently, it can be said that there is no other ethnic group in Mexico that preserves its beliefs, cults and traditions as deeply as the Huichols.

The Huichol world is divided into three universes: that of mythology, the Huichol maintains that life began in the ocean; the one referring to corn, where daily life and Huichol traditions take place and the one that has to do with mysticism, which reveals the Huichol world and the Huichol art of their rituals that distinguishes them and gives them identity as a Huichol community.

Ancestors that are born: Huichol Art has an enigmatic beauty that takes us along mythical paths and brings us closer to the beginning of time in the Huichol Culture, but it is not just about Huichol myths drawn by Huichol artists who draw them on yarn or thread In the Huichol religion, the world exists thanks to the visionary experience of the Huichol initiate and his effort to obtain the "nierika" or "gift of seeing". Thus, for the Huichol, Huichol artistic creation has a cosmogonic dimension.

For the Huichol, the world has a sacred dimension into which the mara'akame (shaman) penetrates through sleep, establishing a link between the world of the gods and the profane.

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