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Helen Weaver translator. He also studied and lived with the Tarahumaran people and experimented with peyote, recording his experiences, which were later released in a volume called Voyage to the Land of the Tarahumara.
The content of this work closely resembles the poems of his later days, concerned primarily with the supernatural. Artaud also recorded his horrific withdrawal from heroin upon entering the land of the Tarahumaras; having deserted his last supply of the drug at a mountainside, he literally had to be hoisted onto his horse, and soon resembled, in his words, "a giant, inflamed gum".
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A woman I knew was there, She sd something like "Who was that asshole? Ah, yes.. Who, indeed, was "that asshole"? Not quit Artaud. Not quite yr ordinary guy. A guy who visited the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico in to participate in their Peyote rituals. I've taken peyote. It's an important thing to do.
I put down roots. Artaud was an explorer of outer fringes of human consciousness. On the back of this bk it's called "Anthropology" - that's true enuf. I call it "Philosophy" here. That's true enuf too. Like so much that I'm interested in, it's not so easy to say its one thing or another.
Artaud was alive, at his own risk. Beyond that.. Jan 05, Trent rated it really liked it Shelves: anthropology , ethnobotany , non-fiction. Artaud, one of the first surrealist writers, coming from the Dada movement, takes a journey to Mexico to experience first hand the rites of Ciguri. The rites often use the cactus-based hallucinogen peyote. His ideas go from anthropological to philosophical to just plain weird as he debates whether these are the Atlantians Plato spoke of.
This is an essential read for those wanting to catch up on early drug history, being one of the first written accounts of peyote usage. I was disappointed that Artaud, one of the first surrealist writers, coming from the Dada movement, takes a journey to Mexico to experience first hand the rites of Ciguri.
I was disappointed that he didn't describe his experience with the peyote more, it was much more about the tribe and their beliefs surrounding the use of the cactus button. Still a fun read for those interested in stepping outside the norm, and experiencing third hand? His prose is among the best I've read from the surrealists at least in translation and I look forward to more of his works. Three day trip Oct 10, Ian Forsyth rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfiction-travel , psychedelic.
Guess I was looking for that same vital piercing style that makes up a majority of the City Light's Artaud Anthology, which there's glimpses of here but overall the tone is much different and he's very obsessed with Jesus and God at one point, of course in a different context but unlike his other work.
Best part is when he defends the peyote ritual of the Tarahumara against the governmental forces attempting to restrict it. One can draw magical powers from the contempt they have for civilization. Max a fellow Goodreads brought this book to my attention. I never had a copy and it's very difficult to find even via the Internet - but I read a library edition some years ago and it is a really remarkable travel journal. Artaud is one-of-a-kind-genius.
View 2 comments. Mar 01, Erik Graff rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Artaud fans, psychonauts. Shelves: religion. I had heard of Artaud and his theatre of cruelty, but had never read him, finding the surrealists, dadaists and their ilk not to my taste.
A book about peyote and a traditional peyote religion, however, was a different matter. While staying with friends in Springfield, Vermont, I borrowed this book from their library, reading it on their front porch and at the local cafe. The book is only glancingly about the Mexican peyote cult and the people who practice it.
The book is more about Artaud and ab I had heard of Artaud and his theatre of cruelty, but had never read him, finding the surrealists, dadaists and their ilk not to my taste. The book is more about Artaud and about what he experienced under the influence of the cactus taken up as grist for his mill. He definitely had a recognizably psychedelic experience, but the book was too idiosyncratic to promise much to readers interested in more than just another example of the phenomenology of the drug--and perhaps this essay's influence on the book and movie, Altered States.
Jul 17, Matthew Ford rated it really liked it. I recall the first half of this book as highly thought provoking and lucid. It has a few slow bits but overall the information Artaud presents feels invaluable. Highly recommended if the topic interests you. Bia Nunes rated it liked it Sep 28, Ana rated it liked it Dec 05, Isaac Cabrera Bofill rated it liked it Mar 13, Kerry rated it it was amazing Apr 16, Gilles rated it really liked it Feb 06, Linus Vieira rated it really liked it Nov 08, Brooke rated it liked it Jul 12, Jamespc rated it liked it Oct 06, Raskolnikov rated it really liked it Sep 13, Joe Sullivan rated it liked it Apr 26, Paolo rated it really liked it Nov 28, Ghevf Bernstones rated it it was amazing Dec 22, Alex Reed rated it it was amazing Oct 01, Chelsea rated it really liked it Mar 28, Steven Felicelli rated it it was ok Jul 03, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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