Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon's Sacred Vine

Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon's Sacred Vine

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Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon's Sacred Vine by Luis Eduardo Luna, Steven F. White

Ayahuasca is a sacred drink used for millennia by numerous indigenous groups primarily in the Upper Amazon and Orinoco basins for divination, healing, and other cosmogonic/shamanic purposes.

The Ayahuasca Reader is a panorama of texts translated from nearly a dozen languages on the ayahuasca experience. These include indigenous mythic narratives and testimonies, religious hymns, as well as narratives related by western travelers, scientists, and writers who have had contact with ayahuasca in different contexts. Some of the material in this Reader has been published before in difficult to find journals and books in a variety of languages. In many cases, the authors have produced their contributions expressly for this anthology. The many contributors include Francoise Barbira Freedman, Wade Davis, Philippe Descola, Allen Ginsberg, E. Jean Matteson Langdon, Peter Matthiessen, Dennis McKenna, W.S. Merwin, Ib Michael, Richard Spruce, and Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff.

The Ayahuasca Reader represents the most comprehensive collection of authoritative writings on the subject ever published. The editors are Dr. Luis Eduardo Luna, Colombian-born anthropologist, author of Vegetalismo: Shamanism Among the Mestizo Population of the Peruvian Amazon, and co-author with Pablo Amaringo of Ayahuasca Visions, and Dr. Steven F. White, who teaches in the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Program at St. Lawrence University. This book, with its "anthropoliterary" perspective, is a must for anyone interested in learning about the fascinating properties and effects of the Amazon's most sacred vine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780907791324
Publisher: Synergetic Press
Publication date: 05/28/2000
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 8.54(w) x 10.76(h) x 0.71(d)

About the Author

Luis Eduardo Luna was born in Florencia, in the Colombian Amazon region, in 1947. He studied Philosophy and Literature at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Luna has over 30 years of experience with ayahuasca in various contexts: as an anthropologist with indigenous groups and among urban and rural mestizo ayahuasqueros in Peru and Colombia, with all the syncretic Brazilian religious organizations that use ayahuasca as a sacrament, and as a facilitator in specially designed workshops.

Born in Abingdon, Pennsylvania. Has lived and worked in many Latin American countries, a bilingual editor, translator and poet. Since 1987, teaching at St. Lawrence University and is a co-founder of its Caribbean and Latin American Studies Program.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
IAyahuasca Myths and Testimonies19
A Visit to the Second Heaven: A Siona Narrative of the Yage Experience21
Two Ayahuasca Myths from the Cashinahua of Northwestern Brazil31
Mythologies of the Vine36
A Huaorani Myth of the First Miiyabu (Ayahuasca Vine)41
Yaje: Myth and Ritual46
The Creation Myth48
Unamarai, Father of Yaje51
Initiation Experience55
Light of This World63
At the End You See God67
IIAyahuasca Cultural Encounters81
On Some Remarkable Narcotics of the Amazon Valley and Orinoco83
A Yaje Session87
Yage Nostalgia93
Discovering the Way98
The Spears of Twilight: Life and Death in the Amazon Jungle (excerpt)102
One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest (excerpt)105
Jaguar-Becoming107
The Jaguar Who Would Not Say Her Prayers: Changing Polarities in Upper Amazonian Shamanism113
Montage120
Design Therapy127
IIINew Religions: Santo Daime, Barquinha, and Uniao do Vegetal (UDV)133
Hymns135
Received by Raimundo Irineu Serra135
Received by Sebastiao Mota de Melo139
Received by Alfredo Gregorio de Melo141
Received by Daniel Pereira de Matos142
Received by Francisca Campos do Nascimento144
The Book of Visions: Journey to Santo Daime (excerpt)145
An Unusual Experience with "Hoasca": A Lesson from the Teacher154
IVWriting Ayahuasca159
The Yage Letters (excerpt)161
At Play in the Fields of the Lord (excerpt)164
Ten Poems on a Sunday Afternoon172
Men of Chazuta178
The Three Halves of Ino Moxo (excerpt)183
The Real World of Manuel Cordova191
Ayahuasca, or What There is at the End198
The Storyteller (excerpt)203
Returning208
Aerial Waters (excerpt)211
The Mother of the Voice in the Ear (excerpt)214
Last River (and Other Poems)219
Rio Napo222
Bibliography223
AppendixSelected Works in Their Original Languages231
Notes on Contributors242
Index249

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