Ofelia Orlanda Yolanda Méndez Altamirano
I was born in Huautla de Jiménez; Oaxaca. April 2, 1950. My parents were: Erasto Méndez Martínez, a tanner by trade, and Eugenia Altamirano Fierro. We were 6 siblings, of whom I was the fifth. I was educated with the principles and values that my mother instilled in me. In my family, we practised the Catholic religion which taught me to be strong and courageous. It was as a 10-year-old child when I met my great master of ceremony, he was a great wise man respected in the community. I am referring to Don Emilio Jiménez and it was how I learned how wonderful the holy children (Aka magic mushrooms) were. I first began taking ‘Los Niños Santos’ (aka magic mushrooms) in a ceremony at the age of 10. At the age of 16, I went to Mexico City to work and help my parents support us. After a few years, I returned to my homeland to help my brother; worked with him selling clothes and fabrics, as well as guiding ceremonies when I was called to for 20 + years.