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Singing to the plants : a guide to mestizo shamanism in the upper Amazon

Author: Stephan V Beyer
Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the Upper Amazon, mestizos are the Spanish-speaking descendants of Hispanic colonizers and the indigenous peoples of the jungle. Some mestizos have migrated to Amazon towns and cities, such as Iquitos and Pucallpa; most remain in small villages. They have retained features of a folk Catholicism and traditional Hispanic medicine, and have incorporated much of the religious tradition of the Amazon, especially its  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Beyer, Stephan V., 1943-
Singing to the plants.
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2009
(OCoLC)747305628
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephan V Beyer
ISBN: 9780826347299 0826347290 9780826347305 0826347304
OCLC Number: 383816154
Description: xiii, 530 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Shamanic Healing. Two healers of the Upper Amazon --
The Ayahuasca ceremony --
Shamanic performance --
Learning the plants --
Sounds --
Phlegm and darts --
Initiation --
Sucking and blowing --
Spirits --
Protection --
Sex --
Harming --
Healing --
Spirit possession --
Magic stones --
Shamanic herbalism --
Plant medicine --
Types of shaman --
Ayahuasca. An introduction to Ayahuasca --
Vomiting --
Questions in the study of Ayahuasca --
Phenomenology of the Ayahuasca experience --
Mechanisms of Ayahuasca hallucinations --
Other psychoactive plants --
Context and Sources. The Upper Amazon culture area --
Being Mestizo --
Beings of earth and water --
Hispanic influences --
Folk Catholicism --
Meeting Modernity. Ayahuasca meets global modernism --
Ayahuasca tourism --
Ayahuasca and the law --
Shamans fight back --
The future --
Appendices: Plants mentioned in the text ; Animals mentioned in the text.
Other Titles: Guide to mestizo shamanism in the upper Amazon
Responsibility: Stephan V. Beyer.

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