SYMBOLOGY OF HUICHOL ART

Each brightly colored image of Huichol art has to do with a mystical vision that was given thanks to the portal, the nierika, opened by the peyote.

According to their beliefs, when there is communication between gods and people, through bright colors, shapes and figures, a nierika opens, a portal.

Thus, each symbol has a special meaning:

Deer

It is the medullar animal in its mythology for its importance in the creation of the world, helper of the fire grandfather (Tatewari) and later creator of peyote and corn.

Peyote

From this is the communication between men and gods, the mythical portal of their culture, signifies the beginning of life and the order of the world.

God eye It is another kind of portal, nierika, which is also a protective shield for the pilgrim to focus on now.
Fire

Tatewari, the main wixárika deity, the fire grandfather (who is older than the sun).

Arrow

It symbolizes the masculine gender for being an element used for the hunting and to cross.

Jicara

Symbolizes the woman, the feminine, symbol of deposit, of life, because in it seeds and water are transported.

Man with deer horns or eagle feathers

It symbolizes Kauyumari, «the one who is not seen», also known as the older brother. It is a historical hero for the wixárikas (similar to Christ).

Kauyumari inhabited the Earth a not so distant time ago; He had communication with the shamans and informed them about important events for the community, such as the best conditions to grow corn.

Lizard

It is the animal that takes care of the fire grandfather, the main god of the wixárika worldview.

Eagle

Bridge of communication between the gods and man.

Colors also define the god to whom things are requested, for example: blue to rain, black to germinate the earth, red to be strong, and the five basic colors they use represent the types of corn: red , black, white, blue and yellow.

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