For these individuals, the use of peyote was an essential element of the religious rituals of their Native American Church.
Shamans consume consciousness-altering chemicals such as peyote.
He says he leads you into safety; I say he leads you into the worst danger any living man can imagine—even in peyote dreams!
peyote, the dried fruit of a small cactus, the use of which was only known in the old days to a few of the Medicine Men.
Their most sacred objects of religious veneration are the 'dalbehya, the Tame, the Gadmbitsohi, and the sei or peyote.
In the United States they are called mescal buttons, and in Mexico peyote.
"mescal cactus," 1849, from Mexican Spanish peyote, from Nahuatl peyotl, said to mean "caterpillar;" the cactus so called from the downy button on top.