BOOKS ✭ The Peyote Dance Author Antonin Artaud – Writerscompany.co.uk

The Peyote Dance Artaud, one of the first surrealist writers, coming from the Dada movement, takes a journey to Mexico to experience first hand the rites of Ciguri The rites often use the cactus based hallucinogen peyote His ideas go from anthropological to philosophical to just plain weird as he debates whether these are the Atlantians Plato spoke of This is an essential read for those wanting to catch up on early drug history, being one of the first written accoun Artaud Received A Grant To Travel To Mexico, Where He Met His First Mexican Parisian Friend, The Painter Federico Cant In 1936 When He Gave Lectures On The Decadence Of Western Civilization He Also Studied And Lived With The Tarahumaran People And Experimented With Peyote, Recording His Experiences, Which Were Later Released In A Volume Called Voyage To The Land Of The Tarahumara The Content Of This Work Closely Resembles The Poems Of His Later Days, Concerned Primarily With The Supernatural Artaud Also Recorded His Horrific Withdrawal From Heroin Upon Entering The Land Of The Tarahumaras Having Deserted His Last Supply Of The Drug At A Mountainside, He Literally Had To Be Hoisted Onto His Horse, And Soon Resembled, In His Words, A Giant, Inflamed Gum Artaud Would Return To Opiates Later In Life. Max a fellow Goodreads brought this book to my attention I never had a copy and it s very difficult to find even via the Internet but I read a library edition some years ago and it is a really remarkable travel journal Artaud is one of a kind genius. I recall the first half of this book as highly thought provoking and lucid It has a few slow bits but overall the information Artaud presents feels invaluable Highly recommended if the topic interests you. I had heard of Artaud and his theatre of cruelty, but had never read him, finding the surrealists, dadaists and their ilk not to my taste A book about peyote and a traditional peyote religion, however, was a different matter While staying with friends in Springfield, Vermont, I borrowed this book from their library, reading Tan d m Antonin Artaud dan farkl yd bu kitaptaki Yine ok co kulu ama farkl bi ekilde Kitab n n bas lmas i in yay nc y ikna etmeye al t mektuplar da yer al yor kitapta, z c oldu benim i in okumak. Guess I was looking for that same vital piercing style that makes up a majority of the City Light s Artaud Anthology, which there s glimpses of here but overall the tone is much different and he s very obsessed with Jesus and God at one point, of course in a different context but unlike his other work Best part is when he defends the peyote ritual of the Tarahumara against the governmental forces attempting to restrict it The trouble is that when they have taken Peyote, they no longer obey us Guess I was looking for that same vital piercing style that makes up a majority of the City Light s Artaud Anthology, which there s glimpses of here but overall the tone is much different and he s very obsessed with Jesus and God at one point, of course in a different context but unlike his other work Best part is when he defends the peyote ritual of the Tarahumara against the governmental forces attemp

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