Ceremonial prayer bowls handcrafted by the Huichol people (pronounced we-chole). Created in ritual with great intention, these vessels are a living prayer, as each component, color and design holds meaning.
These handcrafted artworks are made from intricate beadwork within a gourd-like vessel called Jícara. The Jícara is not only a container for ceremonial offerings to the Huichol deities, but also a container for the artistic representation of the artist, as they present themselves to the gods – the beadwork showing what is in the artist’s very soul.
The Huichol, or Wixáritari are an indigenous people of Mexico. While they are referred to by much of the world as Huichol, they refer to themselves as Wixáritari, which means “the people,” in their native Huichol language.
The Huichol ceremonial prayer bowls may be used in ritual offerings, or as sacred decoration. Common symbols that you may find in the beadwork of Jícara offering bowls:
~ Peyote Flower – Sacred Wisdom, Journeying, Sacred Visions
~ Antlers/Deer Medicine – Balance of Power, Compassion, Nurturing Hearts & Minds
~ Snake Medicine – Protection, Connection to Earth
~ Scorpion Medicine – Protection
~ Flowers – Blessings, Offerings
~ Star – Soul’s Journey, Connection to Source
These Huichol ceremonial prayer bowls are part of a fair trade exchange, as 70% goes directly back to the artisans.