The Hopi Indians’ Mourning Hallucinations

W.W. Shen, The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 1986, 174, 6.

Abstract: One of the 76 alcoholic patients with hallucinations studied in an inpatient alcoholism service was a 24-year-old half-Hopi Pueblo Indian male, who developed a prolonged course of hallucinations after the death of his father. The author suggests that hallucinating experiences might be pathognomy-specific to the Hopi Indians’ mourning process, to allow the release of their intensive feelings.