Peyote Woman  

Posted by Stella Clark

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THERE ARE SEVERAL LEGENDS ABOUT THE PEYOTE, AND THE FOLLOWING COMES FROM THE KIOWA INDIANS OF NORTH AMERICA. IN THEIR MYTHOLOGY, "PEYOTE WOMAN "IS THE GIRL TO WHOM PEYOTE, WHICH THEY CALLED CALLED "ASENI", "FIRST APPEARED AND TAUGHT THE KIOWA HOW TO USE IT. PEYOTE BECAME AN INTRICATE PART OF THEIR RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE.

ACCORDING TO THE LEGEND, PEYOTE WOMAN HAD TWO BROTHERS DID NOT RETURN FROM A WAR THAT THE KIOWA HAD BEEN FIGHTING FAR TO THE SOUTH; SHE BELIEVED THAT HER BROTHERS WERE DEAD AND WENT INTO THE HILLS TO MOURN THEM. FINALLY, WORN OUT WITH GRIEF AND CRYING, SHE WAS TOO TIRED TO RETURN TO THE CAMP THAT NIGHT LAY DOWN TO SLEEP ON THE GROUND.

IN HER DREAMS, "ASENI", THE SPIRIT OF PEYOTE, CAME TO HER AND TOLD HER THAT HER BROTHERS WERE INDEED STILL ALIVE AND THAT IN THE MORNING WHEN SHE AWOKE, SHE WOULD FIND A PLANT UNDERNEATH HER HEAD THAT WOULD RESTORE THEM TO HER. AND SO IT WAS THAT WHEN MORNING CAME, SHE AROSE AND LOOKED TO WHERE SHE HAD BEEN SLEEPING AND JUST AS HER DREAM HAD FORETOLD, SHE FOUND THE PEYOTE PLANT.

SHE TOOK THE PEYOTE BACK TO CAMP, SHOWED IT TO THE TRIBAL SHAMANS, AND TOLD THEM OF HER VISION AND THE INSTRUCTIONS THE PEYOTE SPIRIT HAD GIVEN HER. THE SHAMANS THEN SAID PRAYERS AND SANG SONGS AND ATE THE PEYOTE WHICH HAD MIRACULOUSLY INCREASED BEFORE THEIR EYES. AFTER THEY TOOK IT, THEY SAW A VISION IN WHICH THE TWO YOUNG WARRIORS WERE WANDERING ON FOOT IN THE SIERRA MADRE. A SEARCH PARTY WAS IMMEDIATELY ORGANIZED AND AFTER SEARCHING FOR MANY DAYS THROUGH ENEMY TERRITORY, THE YOUNG MEN WERE FOUND AND BROUGHT BACK TO THEIR PEOPLE.

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