Creating Scarcity by Desecrating the Sacred Step 1:
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It was a rainy Portland night during quarantine. I heard a roommate mention in casual conversation that the Looking Glass Peyote Church of Oregon had been granted pre-colonial status.
TO SAFEGUARD THIS SACRED CACTUS AND DIVERSE CULTURAL TRADITIONS
DN recognizes that peyotl (the Aztec name for the spineless mandala shaped mescaline containing cactus Lophophora williamsi), endemic to the southeastern Rio Grande region of Texas and desert habitats of northern Mexico, has been utilized for medicinal purposes and ceremonies by indigenous cultures for over 3,000 years. In Mexico, the first references regarding use of peyotl were made in 1560 by Franciscan missionary Bernadino Sahagún, who described its ceremonial usage by the Chichimecan people. Today it is venerated by over 40 contemporary Mexican tribes, the most prominent of them being the Wixárika people.