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The Wixarika Deer Guide of the Universe

Traditions, mystical rituals and cosmogonic beliefs that enter us when living from our ancestors, are some of the characteristics that identify the Wixárika culture, which without a doubt marks a distinctive feature in the national identity of the people of Mexico.   Within customs of this ethnic group, the direct approach with deities and polytheistic beliefs stands out, granting attributes to objects and animals that carry an extensive meaning for the wixárikas; among which the deer stands out.   For this culture, it is the most sacred wixárika animal, it is the inexhaustible source of life and prosperity.    The legend of the blue deer, is a story that tells the way of this to Wirikuta sacred land, where accompanied...

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The Art of Wearing Chaquira

Main element of the artistic composition of the wixárika (huichol) people, the chaquira (kuka), symbolizes water and is life for this culture, which to this day keeps its ancestral roots alive through the passing of the years.   In wixárika (huichol) art, the chaquira (beads) is compared to corn seeds, and houses extensive symbolism, which in turn is the subject of rituals that lead to purification.   In this way, the use of materials such as the chaquira sacralizes ceremonial objects and offerings, giving a value that goes beyond what is tangible to works that present this type of material.   In its beginnings, the wixárikas artisans used natural seeds for the realization of their works of art, however, over...

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