Fikes, who teaches anthropology at Yeditepe University in Turkey, calls himself a "hybrid anthropologist." He has not only studied shamanism as a professional researcher among the Huichol of west-central Mexico over the last 30 years, he has also participated in their religion by ingesting peyote and undertaking pilgrimages to their sacred centers. And he believes, as they do, in the imminence of spirits and the possibility of communicating with ancestors and deities. Fikes has produced here a very readable, at times engaging, mélange of ethnographic description and personal revelation based upon his long encounters with Huichol shamans. The author gives special attention to Huichol notions of the soul and afterlife and to description of their elaborate funerary rituals. Peter Furst's book, Rock Crystals and Peyote Dreams: Explorations in the Huichol Universe (CH, Jul'07, 44-6313), covers much the same ground more thoroughly and in greater depth, though without the narrative of personal spiritual encounters that Fikes provides. Fikes was also coeditor of a volume of translations of Huichol myths collected in the 1930s, Huichol Mythology by Robert M. Zingg (CH, Jun'05, 42-5955). Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries.