The Legend of Blue Deer
The story starts with the most bizzare pieces of pottery...
One holiday, my family reminded me that once upon a time I declared that I would open a business one day. As we were looking for names, we were pointing out objects in the kitchen (the room we happened to be in). Eventually, and after much deliberation, my grandmother suggested Blue Deer, after the aforementioned pieces of pottery.
Before my wife and I named our candle company, we were curious if there was perhaps a deeper meaning to the Blue Deer pottery.
This is what we found: The spirit guide Kauyumari, who leads the shamans on their visionary pathways and teaches them how to gain their special knowledge. One of the most commonly seen motifs, the deer, maxa, in Huichol, often appear in male and female pairs, symbolizing the unity between men and women on their spiritual journey. Legends about the deer abound in Huichol culture. The deer mother is the guardian spirit, the important animal in Huichol shamanism. She holds tobacco gourds and corn plant, both of utmost importance for Huichol survival. The Huichols believe that deer give their lives willingly to those who hunt them in a sacred manner. After a deer hunt, the hunters have to perform purifying rituals for many days to insure that the animals are properly thanked for giving their lives to the benefit of the people.