By Marlene Dobkin de Rios,Roger Rumrrill
One country's sacrament is another's illicit drug, as officers in South the US and the USA are good acutely aware. for hundreds of years, a hallucinogenic tea made up of an enormous vine local to the Amazonian rainforest has been taken as a non secular sacrament throughout numerous cultures in South the US. many non secular leaders, shamans, and their fans think about the tea and its major part - ayahuasca - to be either enlightening and therapeutic. actually, ayahuasca (pronounced a-ja-was-ka) loosely translated skill spirit vine. during this publication, de Rios and Rumrrill take us contained in the historical past and realm of, in addition to the raging arguments approximately, the substance that turns out a sacrament to a few and an outbreak to others. Their publication comprises textual content from the United international locations conference on Psychotropic components and interviews with shamans within the Amazon.
One country's sacrament is another's illicit drug, as officers in South the USA and the USA are good conscious. for hundreds of years, a hallucinogenic tea made of a massive vine local to the Amazonian rainforest has been taken as a spiritual sacrament throughout numerous cultures in South the United States. many non secular leaders, shamans, and their fans reflect on the tea and its major part - ayahuasca - to be either enlightening and therapeutic. in reality, ayahuasca (pronounced a-ja-was-ka) loosely translated capability spirit vine. Ayahuasca has moved into the U.S., inflicting criminal battles within the excellent court docket and rulings from the United international locations. a few U.S. church teams are utilizing the hallucinogen of their ceremonies and feature fought for presidency approval to take action. The sacrament has additionally drawn American drug travelers to South the United States to partake, say authors de Rios and Rumrrill. yet they warn that those travelers are being positioned in danger through charlatans who're now not actual shamans or non secular figures, simply profiteers.
In this booklet, de Rios and Rumrrill take us contained in the heritage and realm of, in addition to the raging arguments approximately, the substance that turns out a sacrament to a couple and an endemic to others. competitors struggle its use whilst U.S. scientists and psychologists proceed investigations of no matter if ayahuasca has therapeutic houses that would be placed to standard use for actual and psychological overall healthiness. This booklet contains textual content from the United international locations conference on Psychotropic elements and interviews with shamans within the Amazon.
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A Hallucinogenic Tea, Laced with Controversy: Ayahuasca in the Amazon and the United States by Marlene Dobkin de Rios,Roger Rumrrill