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María Sabina



María Sabina Magdalena García (1894–1985) was a Mazatec curandera (indigenous healer) whose sacred mushroom healing ceremonies influenced the popularity of ritual psilocybin-based mushroom use in the US.

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Shaman Explains His First Mushroom Trip

While traveling in Mexico in search of shamanic knowledge, I came across this really interesting teacher called Artemio Solís Guzmán. I don't think i've ever met someone so knowledgeable in the area of mysticism and shamanism.

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Maria Sabina: Selections (Volume 2)

A shaman and visionary―not a poet in any ordinary sense―María Sabina lived out her life in the Oaxacan mountain village of Huautla de Jiménez, and yet her words, always sung or spoken, have carried far and wide, a principal instance and a powerful reminder of how poetry can arise in a context...

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Drugs: The Sacred Mushroom

Not long ago The New York Times carried a dispatch from Mexico telling about the descent of hippies on Huautla de Jimenez in quest of the “sacred mushrooms.” With the dispatch appeared a photo of a priestess of the rite, Maria Sabina.

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This Mexican Medicine Woman Hipped America to Magic Mushrooms, with the Help of a Bank Executive

María Sabina was well-respected in the village as a healer and shaman. She’d been consuming psilocybin mushrooms regularly since she was seven years old, and had performed the velada mushroom ceremony for over 30 years before Wasson arrived.

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On María Sabina, One of Mexico’s Greatest Poets

Long before 1960s counter-culture, an indigenous Mexican healer was creating extraordinary poetry under the influence of psychedelic mushrooms.

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María Sabina, A Most Fascinating Mexican Healer

One woman shared some of the secrets of Mexican indigenous ritual with the world.

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Re-territorializing María Sabina: Huautla, Mushrooms, and Politics

Sitting atop the Oaxacan portion of Sierra Madre Oriental Mountains, Huautla de Jímenez, a small Mazatec town of around thirty thousand people, has received its fair share of international tourism.

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Cute as Children, but Not Handsome as Adults: María Sabina, Life Magazine, and Cold War Propaganda

Gordon Wasson’s 1957 article in Life Magazine about his mushroom ceremony with the Mazatec curandera María Sabina arrived wrapped in several layers of familiar myth.

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