Link to enlarge vase K7784 &#copy; Justin Kerr Charles Zidar

Family:  Convolvulaceae
Genus:  Turbina
Species:  corymbosa
Authority:  (L.) Raf.
Common Name:  -
Maya Name:  Piule, badoh negro and tlililtzin
Depictions:  Ear flare
Maya Plant Use:  Products, medicine, poison, latex and animal forage.
Botanical Significance:  Plants in the Convolvulaceae family have been known to have been used by a variety of cultures for their hallucinogenic qualities. It is most likely that the Maya had discovered these qualities as well and used plants in this family for various ceremonies in order to breech the underworld. Given the hallucinogenic qualities of this plant it is no wonder that it represented in a variety of forms in ancient Maya iconography. The seeds of this plants are well known for their magic/religious/curing properties; invoking major hallucinations.
Ritual Significance:  Turbina sp. was used by the ancient Maya as a hallucinogen in preparation for warfare and rituals... The flower can be seen represented on ear flares.
Notes:  This plant is discussed on page 160 in the Plants of the Gods by Schultes and Hofmann (1992). Syn: Rivea...

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