Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, the name of the narcotic cactus Lophophora Williamsii, a plant held in high esteem by the Indians. See mescal-button.
“One man told Lumholtz of returning from the desert and trying to use his bag of hikuli as a pillow at night.”
“Then, with the first sign of the sun, the shaman and the people would face east and wave farewell to the hikuli, a spirit that had descended on the wings of green doves, only to depart in the company of an owl.”
“For the Tarahumara peyote was hikuli, the spirit being that sits next to Father Sun.”
“To gather hikuli the Tarahumara traveled far to the east and south, beyond the foothills of the Sierra and into the desert.”
“Once safely home, the Tarahumara would spread the hikuli on blankets, sprinkle blood over the top, and then carefully store the dried plants until the women were ready to grind them on a metate into a thick brown liquid.”
“Close by the shaman's seat a hole is dug, into which he or his assistants may spit, after having drunk or eaten hikuli, so that nothing may be lost.”
“At Nararachic they use hikuli all the year round, that is, as long as they have corn, because "hikuli wants tesvino.”
“When I told the shaman about the effect hikuli had on me, he asked whether”
“The sorcerer may rasp on his notched stick, and sing death and destruction to a person or to attain his ends he may use hikuli, smooth stones, the corpse or the foreleg of some highly venerated animal and powerful rain-maker, as the toad, which is never killed except by bad persons.”
“If anyone should steal hikuli, he would be sure to go crazy, unless he returned the plant to its original owner.”
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