Religion Past and Present

Get access

Peyote Cult
(199 words)

[German Version]

Peyote (Lophophora williamsii) is a small spineless cactus found primarily in the Chihuahuan desert; it is widespread in central Mexico and the desert areas of the United States. Called híkuri in the Huichol language, it has been known for more than 2,000 years. Peyote contains 30 alkaloids, including mescaline, and has both medicinal and psychotropic effects (visions of colored images, a feeling of weightlessness, altered sense of time and space). Today it grows some 450 km from the traditional settlement area of the Huichol, so that each year there is a pilgr…

Cite this page
Masferrer, Elio, “Peyote Cult”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲