By Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Roger Rumrrill

ISBN-10: 0313345422

ISBN-13: 9780313345425

One country's sacrament is another's illicit drug, as officers in South the United States and the USA are good acutely aware. for hundreds of years, a hallucinogenic tea made of a massive vine local to the Amazonian rainforest has been taken as a non secular sacrament throughout a number of cultures in South the USA. many religious leaders, shamans, and their fans contemplate the tea and its major part - ayahuasca - to be either enlightening and therapeutic. in reality, ayahuasca (pronounced a-ja-was-ka) loosely translated potential 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 a pandemic to others. Their booklet contains textual content from the United countries conference on Psychotropic ingredients and interviews with shamans within the Amazon.

One country's sacrament is another's illicit drug, as officers in South the US and the USA are good conscious. for hundreds of years, a hallucinogenic tea made up of a tremendous vine local to the Amazonian rainforest has been taken as a spiritual sacrament throughout numerous cultures in South the USA. many religious leaders, shamans, and their fans think of the tea and its major part - ayahuasca - to be either enlightening and therapeutic. actually, ayahuasca (pronounced a-ja-was-ka) loosely translated capacity spirit vine. Ayahuasca has moved into the USA, inflicting criminal battles within the perfect court docket and rulings from the United countries. 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 placed in danger by way of charlatans who're now not real shamans or spiritual figures, simply profiteers.

In this e-book, de Rios and Rumrrill take us contained in the background and realm of, in addition to the raging arguments approximately, the substance that turns out a sacrament to a few and a deadly disease to others. rivals struggle its use while U.S. scientists and psychologists proceed investigations of even if ayahuasca has therapeutic homes that will be positioned to traditional use for actual and psychological future health. This booklet comprises textual content from the United countries conference on Psychotropic components and interviews with shamans within the Amazon.

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The first impression that a visitor has, arriving at the Espı´ritu de Anaconda Center, is that he is entering a park. As the visitor begins his walk around the malocas, accompanied by don Guillermo or his wife, Sonia, the charm of the site takes over. The healer is a small man, around 60 years old. He speaks with a soft and deep voice. His knowledge of Amazonian nature, and the properties and curative principles of the plants, are overwhelming. He claims to know the properties of more than 2,000 plants.

Originally tarot cards were linked to the esoteric Jewish Kabbalah tradition, which had 22 tarot cards relating to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The cards used by the French for divination were derived from tarot cards and were called Naibi. ’’ The deck consists of 48 cards, with nine number cards and three figure cards in four different suits. De Rios was able to see how six cards were classified as signifying outright misfortune such as business loss, false pregnancy, etc. Another 11 cards also signify misfortune.

The healing of don Hilde certainly differed in kind and substance both from orthodox medical techniques available in the city and from the neo-shamans we will visit in this book. More on don Hilde’s Techniques Don Hilde was a specialist in the use of ayahuasca. He would take the plant himself and only gave it to patients whose illnesses had not advanced sufficiently to cause them discomfort. This was due to its strong purgative effect. During the time that don Hilde was under the influence of ayahuasca, he would see the individual responsible for bewitching his client appearing before him in a vision.

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