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The Short, Swift Time of Gods on EarthThe Hohokam Chronicles$
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Donald Bahr, Juan Smith, and William Smith Allison

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520084674

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520084674.001.0001

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Origin of Wine and Irrigation

Origin of Wine and Irrigation

(p.123) Part 5 Origin of Wine and Irrigation
The Short, Swift Time of Gods on Earth

Donald Bahr

Juan Smith

William Smith Allison

Julian Hayden

University of California Press

This chapter explores two myths, the first of which is really an adjunct to the stories on farming and family life. It gives the origin of the cactus wine ceremony, a topic that was treated at the end of the Thin Leather Corn and Tobacco text. The cactus wine ritual is for the purpose of bringing rain, which is best seen in the chanted or orated speeches that are given during the event. Wine feast speeches sometimes also mention drinking, and the subsequent vomiting of cactus wine and rumbling of people's stomachs and bowels. Thus, the humans act in sympathy with the clouds that they hope to attract. To Juan Smith and William Allison, the ceremony is a misuse of saguaros and an excuse for drunkenness. Siuuhu, they say, did not intend saguaro to be used this way.

Keywords:   myths, farming, family, cactus, wine, ceremony, Juan Smith, William Allison, saguaros, Siuuhu

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