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Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil

Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil (New)

by Labate, Beatriz Caiuby


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Book ID: 9781845536794, 1845536797


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Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil examines the emergence of religious groups in the Brazilian Amazon who constitute their systems of ritual, myth and principles around the use of a psychoactive brew known by diverse names, one of which is the Quechua term ayahuasca. Although the study of these religious movements has seen much development in recent decades there are still few publications in English, especially in the area of anthropology. This collection, containing many articles previously published only in Portuguese, explains the research conducted in Brazil. It shows a representative sample of the main types of approaches that have been used and also offers an overview of the historical development of this field of research in Brazil, especially from the perspective of the human sciences.

This volume makes explicit what the study of the ayahuasca religions can contribute to classical and contemporary issues in anthropology. It presents a varied set of ethnographic approaches employed in the initial mapping of this phenomenon, establishing its historical and cultural origins. It also provides a basis to develop future work on these religions, both in their original contexts and in their expansion throughout Brazil and the world. 256p

Foreword by Professor Andrew Dawson, Lancaster University; Beatriz Labate, Edward MacRae and Sandra Goulart (Cásper Libero College, Brazil): Brazilian Ayahuasca Religions in perspective; Mariana C. Pantoja (Federal University of Acre, Brazil) and Osmildo da Silva Conceição (Kuntanawa tribal leader) : The use of ayahuasca among rubber tappers of the Alto Juruá; Arneide Cemin (Federal University of Rondônia, Brazil): The rituals of Santo Daime: systems of symbolic constructions; Luiz Eduardo Soares (State University of Rio de Janeiro) : Santo Daime in the Context of the New Religious Consciousness; Wladimyr Sena Araújo (União Educacional do Norte, Brazil): The “Barquinha”: symbolic space of a cosmology in the making; Christian Frenopoulo (Anthropology PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh): Healing in the Barquinha religion; Sandra Goulart : Religious matrices of the União do Vegetal; Sérgio Brissac (Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office): In the light of Hoasca: an approach to the religious experience of participants of the Uniao do Vegetal; Domingos Bernardo Gialluisi da Silva Sá (Brazilian lawyer and member of the national anti-drug board, CONAD): Ayahuasca: the consciousness of expansion; Edward MacRae : The development of Brazilian public policies on the religious use of Ayahuasca; Beatriz Labate, Rafael Guimarães dos Santos (PhD Candidate in Pharmacology, UAB, Barcelona) , Brian Anderson (MD Candidate, Stanford University School of Medicine), Marcelo Mercante (Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies, Brazil) and Paulo César Ribeiro Barbosa (Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Brazil): The Treatment and Handling of Substance Dependence with Ayahuasca: Reflections on Current and Future Research

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