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Mad Jesus: The Final Testament of a Huichol Messiah from Northwest Mexico Timothy J. Knab

Mad Jesus: The Final Testament of a Huichol Messiah from Northwest Mexico

Timothy J. Knab

Published April 15th 2004
ISBN : 9780826332042
Hardcover
279 pages
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This is the story of an anthropologists encounter with a Huichol Indian known as Mad Jesus. Jesus was an artisan, a shaman, a self-styled prophet, a mad messiah, and a murderous mystic. Timothy J Knab was a young anthropologist soliciting lifeMoreThis is the story of an anthropologists encounter with a Huichol Indian known as Mad Jesus. Jesus 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 Jesus may have been the ravings of a madman, but it also embodied the Huichol anticipation of the return of Santo Cristo, the saviour who will restore the Huichol to their place as masters of the world around them. Neither Knabs studies in anthropology nor his experiences in the world of counterculture prepared him to understand this strange Indian and his violent history and behaviour. culminates in the quest to discover what really happened when Jesus was killed in a police shootout thirty years after Knabs last disturbing confrontation with him. The book provides an overview of the Huichol and the plight of Mesoamerican Indians. It also sheds light on traditional religion, indigenous Catholicism, messianic cults, urbanisation, and indigenous conflicts with the modern Mexican state.