Mazatec

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Mazatec
Ha Shuta Enima
Huautla de Jimenez.jpg
Mazatec girls performing a dance in Huautla de Jimenez
Total population
~305,836
Regions with significant populations
Mexico (Oaxaca)
Languages
Mazatec, Spanish
Religion
Roman Catholic, and Traditional religion
Related ethnic groups
Popolocas

The Mazatec are an indigenous people of Mexico who inhabit the Sierra Mazateca in the state of Oaxaca and some communities in the adjacent states of Puebla and Veracruz.

Language family[edit]

The Mazatecan languages are part of the Popolocan family which, in turn, is part of the Otomanguean language family.

Post-colonial period[edit]

The Mazatecs' religion represents a syncretism of traditional beliefs with Christian beliefs brought by the Spanish conquistadors.[citation needed]

Traditional religious rituals[edit]

Mazatec tradition includes the cultivation of entheogens for spiritual and ritualistic use. Plants and fungi used for this purpose include psilocybin mushrooms, psychoactive morning glory seeds (from species such as Ipomoea tricolor and Turbina corymbosa), and perhaps most significant to the Mazatecs, Salvia divinorum.[1][2][3] This latter plant is known to Mazatec shamans as ska María Pastora, the name containing a reference to the Virgin Mary.[4]

Notable Mazatecs[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jean Basset Johnson (1939) The elements of Mazatec witchcraft, Etnologiska Studier 9:128-150.
  2. ^ Valdés et al. (1983)
  3. ^ Osiris Sinuhé González Romero (2022-02-10). "Mazatec Shamanic Knowledge and Psilocybin Mushrooms". Chacruna. Retrieved 2022-04-15.
  4. ^ Valdés et al. (1983)

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