Antonin Artaud left Europe on a ship bound for Mexico in January,. , and . Mexico. Artaud left for the mountainous Tarahumara country with an assign-. Directed by Raymonde Carasco. An encounter between the texts of Antonin Artaud and the films of Raymonde Carasco on the Tarahumaras tribe in Mexico. “Les Tarahumaras” (), “The Peyote Dance” by Antonin Artaud describes the author’s experiences with Peyote and the Tarahumara in Mexico, in

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This review is written from the first U. It is worth saying a little about the author, Antonin Artaudbefore delving straight into The Peyote Dance.

After being treated with opium for a number of ailments, including clinical depression, tarahhmaras he was younger, it resulted in a life-long addiction.

However, upon the failure of a theatre production in he gained a visa to visit Mexico, where upon he tarahunaras into the land of the Tarahumara and simultaneously into heroin withdrawal. In many respects this was the important backdrop of his visit; a clash of mental states. And, after leaving the following year, he found himself in and out of mental institutions, some of which is described in The Peyote Dance.

He died on March 4, To watch them [the Tarahumara] unswervingly follow their course, through torrents, ground that gives lso, dense undergrowth, rock ladders, sheer walls, I cannot help thinking that they have somehow retained the instinctive force of gravitation of the first men Artaud 4.

He depicts them as a proud group who feel themselves to be privileged compared to those who live in cities.

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As with the quote above there is a language of course and nature emerging as something opposed to the mechanisms of civilization. This perhaps romantic divide, a cultural lusting, is a barrier that helps construct the sacred space of the peyote dance within the text. Interestingly, it is here that Artaud then locates his own discourse on the role and experience of Loa, through religious and psychiatric language, and in some sense is putting his discourse into a radical political space.

The investigation of this space is about revelation, in the sense that Peyote takes one to a place that lies concealed behind ideas and illusions. As we shall see there is recourse to antoinn constructs in order to reach this essence, however, of more interest is how this essence is applied ontologically in the text; namely, the language of an evolving nature, which was mentioned previously.


For Artaud, this essence is in a constant state of becoming. The Peyote experience, and the Tarahumara way of belief, become a delicate unfolding between nature and man, as the two are irrevocably entwined: Essence, becoming and nature are partaking in a dance for Artaud and this is the concealed, revelatory element.

It is the fact that, he claims, the blue skies of the pre-renaissance painters were based on and found in Mexico that farahumaras important; the real or essence of their images, which he stood beneath and witnessed.

In play with his romantic language, is the language of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, which really came into formation, within drug writing, during the s and s, having rapidly developed through psycholytic and psychedelic research on LSD.

Sandoz first sold LSD to psychoanalysists as a key to accessing the unconscious of their patients, the same year Les Tarahumaras was published, in ; Artaud wrote: Therefore, prior to HuxleyArtaud was already looking deeply into the ontological questions of peyote through the lens though more distrusting perhaps of psychical theory.

Over and above the discourse between the mystical and psychiatric is this fixity. In the chapter The Peyote Dance he remunerates over the point of essence alongside the ritual itself, encased in circles and fire and dance. I felt, therefore, that I should go back to the source and expand my pre-consciousness to the point where I would see myself evolve and desire. And Peyote led me to this point. Transported by Peyote I saw that I had to defend what I am before I was born, and that my Self is merely the consequence of the battle I waged in the Supreme against the untruth of evil ideas Artaud Overall, a very thought-provoking book that, to my mind at least, is one of the finest examples of drug literature dealing with questions of value and essence.

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Announcements and contributions that have come in via the Psychedelic Press house Thank you for this review, and I hate to be one of those commenters who vaguely compliments, then criticizes but here I go. Perhaps, it could be argued, that William James really ushered in the psychological discourse on psychedelics with his own experiments with nitrous oxide and mescaline, but in terms of literary form, it was during this period the psychical theories became contexts for tripping….


Can you grok this…. Certainly not an answer I wanted when Qrtaud started looking into Psychedelic Studies. Moreover, is there something being communicated about the psychedelic experience, in literature, that is continual through all the various discourse that approach the question and ring true from my own tarahmaras The various discourse of LSD lit appear, superficially, to bend towards certain generalized intentions of attitudes, however, I think something more interesting is going on.

The clear, colourless, supposedly tasteless chemical of LSD can be remoulded and segmented, it can integrate ideas, transform them, push them back out… even the discourse of literature changes its meaning to subsequent generations.

In fact, Artaud is a brilliant example of this precisely because of the language of becoming that he employs. But is this just the function of a discourse analysis being superficially applied to the psy-experience? A discourse of discourse being applied? Hi, Artaud was a pioneer, arttaud the visit-the-indian-shaman thing well before the hippies. This book of his is amazing stuff….

I found it hard to read other writings by Artaud because of his rampant misogynism… but his rage against the machine is unparalleled. You must be logged in to post a comment. Share on Facebook Share. Share on Twitter Tweet. October 14, at 4: Log in to Reply. October 14, at October 14, at 7: October 17, at 5: December 11, at 2: The Authentic Atrahumaras Show rosamondpress.

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