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Yaje: El Nuevo Purgatorio

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The unique path to both health and spiritual illumination offered by the consumption of yajé, a hallucinogenic herb embedded in the indigenous Amazonian cultures of Colombia, Brazil, and Peru, is thoroughly documented in this account of the culture and traditions that have developed around its use. A complete survey of yajé ceremonies; recent botanical and anthropological research on yajé; records of scientific and medical studies; its social, psychological, and ethical boundaries; and a look at past attempts to...
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Overview


The unique path to both health and spiritual illumination offered by the consumption of yajé, a hallucinogenic herb embedded in the indigenous Amazonian cultures of Colombia, Brazil, and Peru, is thoroughly documented in this account of the culture and traditions that have developed around its use. A complete survey of yajé ceremonies; recent botanical and anthropological research on yajé; records of scientific and medical studies; its social, psychological, and ethical boundaries; and a look at past attempts to adapt the ancient ceremony to contemporary therapeutic and religious purposes are also provided.

El único camino para alcanzar la salud y la iluminación espiritual mediante el consumo de yajé –una hierba alucinógena que proviene de las culturas indígenas amazónicas de Colombia, Brasil y Perú–está documentado y desarrollado a fondo en este relato sobre la cultura y tradiciones de su uso. El libro proporciona además una completa explicación de las ceremonias del yajé; recientes investigaciones botánicas y antropológicas; conclusiones de estudios científicos y médicos; sus límites sociales, psicológicos y éticos; y una mirada a intentos en el pasado de adaptar las ceremonias ancestrales a los propósitos terapéuticos y religiosos contemporáneos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789588160252
  • Publisher: Villegas Editores
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: Villegas Cronica Series
  • Edition description: Spanish-language Edition
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Jimmy Weiskopf studied modern history at Columbia University and Cambridge University before becoming a veteran of foreign press in Colombia. He has translated more than 20 books into English, as well as the poetry of great Colombian authors for the magazine of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
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