Tagged: ayahuasca

The Psychotropic Mind

The Psychotropic Mind by Jeremy Narby, Jan Kounen, and Vincent Ravalec

Originally published in 2008 under the title ‘Plantes et chamanisme, Conversations autour de l’ayahuasca & de l’iboga’, this English translated edition, entitled ‘The Psychotropic Mind’, was published by Park Street Press in 2010. The book is a trialogue between the anthropologist Jeremy Narby, and writers and film-makers Vincent Ravalec and...

by Lucy Brown

Pre-Order PsypressUK 2013 (at 25% discount)

After the success of PsypressUK 2012, as an advert-free saddle-stitch freebie, which received orders from across the globe, the magazine is returning for 2013. The next edition is tripling in size and will be soft-bound, making it not only an important source of features, articles, research and comment on psychedelics, but...

Hallucinogens and shamanism

Hallucinogens and Shamanism by Michael J. Harner [Ed.]

Originally published in 1973 by the Oxford University Press,  ‘Hallucinogens and Shamanism’ is a collection of scholarly, anthropological essays compiled and edited by Michael J. Harner. At the time of publication Harner was the President of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. After the wide negative publicity surrounding hallucinogens during the...

fieldwork in religion

The Light from the Forest: The Ritual Use of Ayahuasca in Brazil. Special Issue of Fieldwork in Religion By Beatriz Caiuby Labate & Edward MacRae (Eds)

The Light from the Forest: The Ritual Use of Ayahuasca in Brazil. Special Issue of Fieldwork in Religion, Vol. 2 (Issue 3). By Beatriz Caiuby Labate & Edward MacRae (Eds.). London: Equinox Publishing (2006). Paperback. Pp. 218.ISBN 9787774548334 This special edition of the academic journal Fieldwork in Religion contains eight...

A Hallucinogenic Tea

A Hallucinogenic Tea, Laced with Controversy: Ayahuasca in the Amazon and the United States by Marlene Dobkin de Rios and Roger Rumrrill

A Hallucinogenic Tea, Laced with Controversy: Ayahuasca in the Amazon and the United States. By Marlene Dobkin de Rios and Roger Rumrrill. Westport, CT: Praeger (2008). Hardback. Pp.162. ISBN: 9780313345425 According to Dobkin de Rios and Rumrrill the psychedelic Amazonian jungle decoction, ayahuasca, has a history of continuous use spanning...

Perilous Passage (2012) by Terry Wilson

Perilous Passage by Terry Wilson

Originally published in 2004 ‘Perilous Passage – The Nervous System and the Universe in Other Words’ by Terry Wilson is being republished in 2012. It describes the author’s apprenticeship under the tutelage of the avant-garde artist and writer Brion Gysin; along with a wonderful passage about Wilson’s experiences in South America with...

Ayahuasca and Degenerative Illness: A Personal and Anthropological Exploration of How One Woman Found Her Cure

Ayahuasca and Degenerative Illness: A Personal and Anthropological Exploration of How One Woman Found Her Cure

The Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lectures series presents: Ayahuasca and Degenerative Illness: A Personal and Anthropological Exploration of How One Woman Found Her Cure –  Exploring the serpent’s symbolic healing lineage from Asclepius to the Amazon, the next Ecology, Cosmos and Consciousness lecture will explore the use of psychedelics for treating...

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A Psychedelic Christianity

Ayahuasca religion is a strange concept to get your head around, even before you drink ayahausca. At my first session about ten years ago, I was very keen to try the brew, but the shirts and ties and general Christian vibe made me feel instantly uneasy. A question arose: What...

Singing to the plants cut

Singing to the Plants by Stephan V. Beyer

Originally published in 2009 ‘Singing to the Plants – A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon’ by Stephan V. Beyer is an exemplary, scholarly work on the topic. Beyer has doctorates in religion and psychology, has previously published works on Buddhism, the Tibetan language and religion, and has...

Aya - A Shamanic Odyssey

Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey by Rak Razam

Originally published in 2009 ‘Aya: A Shamanic Odyssey’ by Rak Razam is a fine addition to the burgeoning genre of ayahuasca literature. Rak Razam is a journalist and editor of ‘The Journeybook: Travels on the Frontiers of Consciousness’. This book charts the author’s own  journey in South America and the...

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