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Mad Jesus
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This is the story of an anthropologist's encounter with a Huichol Indian known as "Mad Jesus." Jesús was an artisan, a shaman, a self-styled prophet, a mad messiah, and a murderous mystic. Timothy J. Knab was a young anthropologist soliciting life histories from Huichols in Mexico City when they met. The life story of Jesús may have been the ravings of a madman, but it also embodied the Huichol anticipation of the return of Santo Cristo, the savior who will restore the Huichol to their place as masters of the world around them. Neither Knab's studies in anthropology nor his experiences in the world of counterculture prepared him to understand this strange Indian and his violent history and behavior.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vi-vii
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  1. Map of Mexico
  2. pp. viii-viii
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  1. Part I: Mad Jesus: Santo Cristo
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1: True Jesus
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. 2: Color Against the Sky
  2. pp. 5-10
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  1. 3: Huicholand
  2. pp. 11-21
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  1. 4: A Proposition
  2. pp. 22-24
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  1. 5: La Plaza de la Veracruz
  2. pp. 25-33
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  1. 6: Jesus: Santo Cristo
  2. pp. 34-40
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  1. 7: Aftermath
  2. pp. 41-45
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  1. 8: Little Jesus of the Peyotes
  2. pp. 46-51
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  1. 9: The Magical Way to Peyoteland
  2. pp. 52-56
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  1. 10: Intimations of the “Evil One”
  2. pp. 57-61
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  1. 11: Fathers and Forefathers
  2. pp. 62-64
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  1. 12: To Teakata: The Center of the World
  2. pp. 65-71
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  1. 13: At the Earth’s Axis
  2. pp. 72-76
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  1. 14: The Journey to Madness
  2. pp. 77-81
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  1. 15: Return from Darkness
  2. pp. 82-86
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  1. 16: Vengeance
  2. pp. 87-92
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  1. 17: Drunken Dervish
  2. pp. 93-98
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  1. 18: Crazy Kieli
  2. pp. 99-104
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  1. 19: Enchanted Music and Madness
  2. pp. 105-111
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  1. 20: A Chalice of Blood
  2. pp. 112-121
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  1. 21: Song of Evil
  2. pp. 122-126
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  1. Part II: The Gospel of Mad Jesus
  2. pp. 127-128
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  1. 22: The Other World
  2. pp. 129-132
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  1. 23: Into the World
  2. pp. 133-138
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  1. 24: The Coast
  2. pp. 139-143
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  1. 25: A Teacher
  2. pp. 144-148
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  1. 26: The Mothers’ Land
  2. pp. 149-156
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  1. 27: Salve Mar
  2. pp. 157-161
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  1. 28: The Cult of Santo Cristo
  2. pp. 162-170
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  1. 29: The Apostles
  2. pp. 171-184
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  1. 30: A Brother’s Tale
  2. pp. 185-191
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  1. 31: Guadalajara Madness
  2. pp. 192-198
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  1. 32: English Enrique
  2. pp. 199-201
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  1. 33: Dark City Lights
  2. pp. 202-210
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  1. Part III: Resurrecting Jesus
  2. pp. 211-212
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  1. 34: The Death of Jesus
  2. pp. 213-220
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  1. 35: File of the Dead
  2. pp. 221-228
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  1. 36: Tracing the Path of Jesus
  2. pp. 229-237
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  1. 37: White Rocks
  2. pp. 238-242
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  1. 38: San Isidro
  2. pp. 243-248
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  1. 39: Guadalajara
  2. pp. 239-254
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  1. 40: Holy, Holy Madness
  2. pp. 255-257
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 258-260
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 261-268
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 269-271
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 272-274
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  1. Selected Readings on the Huichol
  2. pp. 275-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-279
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  1. Back Cover
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