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The Ayahuasca Sessions

Conversations with Amazonian Curanderos and Western Shamans
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Publisher: 
North Atlantic Books
 | 
May, 2014
ISBN:
9781583948019
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$23.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In areas of Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, the traditional herbal brew known as ayahuasca or yajé is legally used to heal physical ailments and to cleanse and purify the spirit by connecting it to the web of life.

The Ayahuasca Sessions is the companion volume to the critically acclaimed Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey by Rak Razam. Illustrated with over 100 photographs, this is a seminal collection of 24 interviews with native Peruvian curanderos, Western shamans, ayahuasqueros and spiritual seekers that drink the potent jungle medicine ayahuasca. Aussie Journalist Rak Razam talks in depth with some of the leading lights of Amazonian shamanism, letting them explain in their own words what they do in their profession and what they think the unprecedented explosion in Western interest forbodes. This is a bracing read for those interested in the booming business of ayahuasca tourism, entheogens, spirituality, anthropology and counter-culture studies.

To live in the rainforest is to live in harmony with the plants who are communicating with the humans. —Guillermo Avevalo

Contents:

1. INDIGENOUS CURANDEROS: Adela Navas; Guillermo Arevalo; Percy Garcia Lozano; Elias Mamallacta; Don Francisco Montes Shuna; Norma Panduro Navarro and Paula Harbrink Numan; Don Juan Tangoa Paima; Sara Alicia Ferreira Yaimes

2. WESTERN SHAMANS: Kevin Furnas; Scott Petersen; Carlos Tanner; Ron Wheelock

3. AYAHUASCA WORKERS: Chuck; Jan Kounen; Dennis McKenna; Alan Shoemaker

4. SEEDS: Alexis; Brian; Javier; Joel and Elsa; Pedro; Rachel ; Rolando; Wind Spirit Center.

I think the world is in serious need of healing and in serious need of waking. And some very positive trends like the global ayahuasca movement and the rediscovery of the Archaic… is an encouraging thing.” —Dennis McKenna, ethnobotanist

Publisher’s Description: 

A great read for seekers and thrill-seekers interested in ayahuasca tourism, entheogens, and counterculture studies, this companion volume to the author's memoir Aya Awakenings collects in-depth interviews with native Amazonian curanderos (healers) and Western shamans traveling the "gringo trail" in the jungles of Central and South America in search of a direct encounter with ayahuasca's multidimensional reality.

In areas of Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, the traditional herbal brew known as ayahuasca or yaj is legally used to heal physical ailments and to cleanse and purify the spirit by connecting it to the web of life; Sting and Tori Amos have admitted sampling it in Latin America, as has Paul Simon, who chronicled the experience in his song "Spirit Voices." Australian journalist Rak Razam documents the thriving business of 21st-century Amazonian hallucinogenic shamanism from multiple perspectives, revealing the stark differences between indigenous and foreign approaches as well as the commonalities.

Contents
INTRODUCTION
1. INDIGENOUS CURANDEROS
Adela Navas De Garcia Guillermo; Percy Garcia Lozano; Elias Mamallacta; Don Francisco Montes Shuna; Norma Panduro Navarro and Paula Harbrink Numan; Don Juan Tangoa Paima; Sara Alicia Ferreira Yaimes

2. WESTERN SHAMANS
Kevin Furnas; Scott Petersen; Carlos Tanner; Ron Wheelock

3. AYAHUASCA WORKERS
Chuck; Jan Kounen; Dennis McKenna; Alan Shoemaker

4. SEEDS
Alexis; Brian; Javier; Joel and Elsa; Pedro; Rachel ; Rolando; Wind Spirit Center

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