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Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond
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Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond

Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar

Abstract

This book discusses how Amerindian epistemology and ontology, related to certain indigenous shamanic rituals of the Amazon, spread to Western societies, and how indigenous, mestizo, and cosmopolitan cultures have dialogued with and transformed these forest traditions. Special attention is given to the hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca. Chapters reflect on how displaced indigenous people and rubber tappers are engaged in creative reinvention of rituals, and how these rituals help build ethnic alliances and cultural and political strategies for their marginalized position. The expansion of ayahuasca ... More

Keywords: ayahuasca, shamanism, Amazon, tourism, globalization, rituals, travel, traditional medicine, hallucinogen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199341191
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341191.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beatriz Caiuby Labate, editor
Center for Economic Research and Education

Clancy Cavnar, editor

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Notes on the Expansion and Reinvention of Ayahuasca Shamanism

BEATRIZ CAIUBY LABATE, CLANCY CAVNAR, AND FRANÇOISE BARBIRA FREEDMAN

2 Kuntanawa

MARIANA CIAVATTA PANTOJA, TRANSLATED BY MATTHEW MEYER

3 Materializing Alliances

PIRJO KRISTIINA VIRTANEN

4 Medicine Alliance

ESTHER JEAN LANGDON AND ISABEL SANTANA DE ROSE

5 Ritualized Misunderstanding Between Uncertainty, Agreement, and Rupture

ANNE-MARIE LOSONCZY AND SILVIA MESTURINI CAPPO

6 Shamans’ Networks in Western Amazonia

FRANÇOISE BARBIRA FREEDMAN

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