The Tarahumara believe peyote or "hikuli" in their native language has great curative powers; it brings luck, long life and is a sort of protecting genius with human attributes.
According to their religion, when Tata Dios (God) went to heaven, he left peyote behind as a remedy and talisman for the Tarahumaras. The plant has four faces and sees everything; it is very powerful.
Catholicized Tarahumaras make the sign of the cross when they approach a peyote, greeting it as if it were a person.
The peyote plants are believed to be very modest. In order not to shock them by the immodest things they could not avoid seeing if they were kept inside someone's home, they are put away in a jar or basket in a separate store house. Before they are taken out for use by a shaman, an offering of meat and tesguino (Tarahumara corn beer) must be made to them. If this were neglected, the plants would eat the man's soul.