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14
Sir J. G. Frazer. FRS. in his 'Golden Bough' (p24)
describes how the women among the Huichol
Indians of Mexico pass through a strange ceremony
while their husband warriors are away to battle gather sacred cactus.
Among their duties is a confessional to Grand-
father Fire with what men they have been in
love from childhood till now. They may not
omit a single one, for if they did so their
[Caption : 4 fold knot
9 crossings
Cable-laid cord. Blood Knot form.]
men would not find a single cactus. So to
refresh their memories each one prepares a string
with as many knots as she had lovers. This
she brings to the temple, and, standing before
the fire, she mentions aloud all the men she
has scored on her string, name after name,p16

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