This article exposes an ethnographic fieldwork about the pilgrimage to Wirikuta, carried out by the wixaritari, also called Huichol Indians, who live in the Sierra Madre Occidental in the Mexican state of Jalisco. We photographed the sacred sites visited by the xukurikate (pilgrims) from the Ceremonial Centers of Tseriakame (2011), Tunuwame (2012 y 2013) and San José Werika (2014), located in the municipality of Mezquitic. We discuss the sacredness of these places with both ethnographic evidence of the rituals that are performed and mythical narratives that are told at each site. Thus, we uncover an intimate and historical relation between the wixarika people and their sacred territory.
The ancestral route of the wixarika people to Wirikuta.Abstract in spanish
Keywords: ritual,mythology,sacred place,pilgrimage.
Author: Fernando Olvera Galarza. Pasante de antropología de la Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (UASLP), México.
Author: Anuschka van ´t Hooft. Profesora-Investigadora de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades de la Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, México.
Received: July 20th, 2015, Accepted: December 20th, 2015
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 26 - Santiago, diciembre 2015 - 20/45 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.