mescal bean


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mescal bean

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The mescal bean cult of the central and southern plains: an ancestor of the peyote cult?
In the archaeological record, mescal beans have been recovered from the cultural deposits of numerous prehistorically inhabited rock-shelters in the lower Pecos region.
A deeply fringed buckskin loin-cloth was recovered from Murrah Cave, which has three longitudinally split mescal beans attached to its fringe [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 5A & 5B OMITTED].
Today, no Native American group utilizes mescal beans for the induction of visions.
Most, if not all of these groups used mescal beans as seed beads, which they attached to their clothing and other articles.
Although principally used as a seed bead, mescal beans have also been used medicinally and in decoctions prepared from other plants.