Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond by Beatriz Caiuby LabateAyahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond by Beatriz Caiuby Labate

Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond

EditorBeatriz Caiuby Labate, Clancy Cavnar

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Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar offer an in-depth exploration of how Amerindian epistemology and ontology concerning indigenous shamanic rituals of the Amazon have spread to Western societies, and of how indigenous, mestizo, and cosmopolitan cultures have engaged with and transformedthese forest traditions. The volume focuses on the use of ayahuasca, a psychoactive drink essential in many indigenous shamanic rituals of the Amazon. Ayahuasca use has spread far beyond its Amazonian origin, spurring a variety of legal and cultural responses in the countries to which it has spread. The essays in this volume look at how these responses have influenced ritual design and performance in traditional and non-traditional contexts, howdisplaced indigenous people and rubber tappers are engaged in the creative reinvention of rituals, and how these rituals help build ethnic alliances and cultural and political strategies for their marginalized position. Some essays explore important classic and contemporary issues in anthropology,including the relationship between the expansion of ecotourism and ethnic tourism and recent indigenous cultural revival and the emergence of new ethnic identities. The volume also examines trends in the commodification of indigenous cultures in post-colonial contexts, and the combination ofshamanism with a network of health and spiritually related services. Finally, Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond addresses the topic of identity hybridization in global societies. The rich ethnographies and extensive analysis of these essays will allow deeper understanding of the role of ritual in mediating the encounter between indigenous traditions andmodern societies.

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Beatriz Caiuby Labate is Visiting Professor in the Drug Policy Program at the Center for Economic Research and Education. Clancy Cavnar is an Independent scholar.
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Title:Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and BeyondFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsContributorsList of IllustrationsOscar Calavia Saez: Foreword: Authentic Ayahuasca byBeatriz Caiuby Labate, Clancy Cavnar, and Francoise Barbira Freeman: Introduction: Notes on the Expansion and Reinvention of Ayahuasca Shamanism1. Glenn H. Shepard Jr.: Will the Real Shaman Please Stand Up? The Recent Adoption of Ayahuasca among Indigenous Groups of the Peruvian Amazon2. Mariana Ciavatta Pantoja: Kuntanawa: Ayahuasca, Ethnicity, and Culture3. Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen: Materializing Alliances: Ayahuasca Shamanism In and Beyond Western Amazonian Indigenous Communities4. Esther Jean Langdon and Isabel Santana de Rose: Medicine Alliance: Contemporary Shamanic Networks in Brazil5. Anne-Marie Losonczy and Silvia Mesturini Cappo: Ritualized Misunderstanding between Uncertainty, Agreement and Rupture: Communication Patterns in Euro-American Ayahuasca Ritual Interactions6. Francoise Barbira Freedman: Shamans' Networks in Western Amazonia: The Iquitos-Nauta Road7. Evgenia Fotiou: On the Uneasiness of Tourism: Considerations on Shamanic Tourism in Western Amazonia8. Beatriz Caiuby Labate: The Internationalization of Peruvian Vegetalismo9. Bernd Brabec de Mori: From the Native's Point of View: How Shipibo-Konibo Experience and Interpret Ayahuasca-Drinking with ''Gringos''10. Daniela Peluso: Ayahuasca's Attractions and Distractions: Examining Sexual Seduction in Shaman-Participant Interactions11. Alhena Caicedo Fernandez: Yage Related Neo-Shamanism in Colombian Urban Contexts