Jikuri, the Tarahumara Peyote Cult: An Interpretation

  • Alfonso Paredes
  • Fructuoso Irigoyen-Rascón


Few colleagues would question the wisdom of those psychiatrists who take time from the clinic to work in the laboratory to study the neural systems that provide the background to psychological function. On the other hand, is it legitimate to devote time for inquiries in that laboratory of social transactions that we call the community? What is the relevance of investigations conducted in social settings alien to our own? Twenty years ago, LJ West, undaunted by such considerations, organized an expedition to a remote area in the Sierra Madre of Mexico to study the Tarahumara Indian Tribe. He went there accompanied by a group of investigators affiliated with scientific disciplines that included physiology, nutrition, medicine, psychiatry, and anthropology. The data collected by this team, it was hoped, could be used to construct a matrix that would offer a multidimensional view of the adaptive mechanisms that make survival possible under challenging environmental and social conditions.


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  • Alfonso Paredes
  • Fructuoso Irigoyen-Rascón

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