Singing to the plants
Beyer, Stephan V.
An edition of Singing to the plants (2009)

Singing to the plants

a guide to mestizo shamanism in the upper Amazon

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An edition of Singing to the plants (2009)

Singing to the plants

a guide to mestizo shamanism in the upper Amazon

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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, their houses perched on stilts on the shores of the rivers that are their primary means of travel. Here in the jungle, they have retained features of the Hispanic tradition, including a folk Catholicism and traditional Hispanic medicine. And they have incorporated much of the religious tradition of the Amazon, especially its healing, sorcery, shamanism, and the use of potent plant hallucinogens, including ayahuasca.

The result is a uniquely eclectic shamanist culture that continues not only to fascinate outsiders with its brilliant visionary art but also to attract thousands of seekers each year with the promise of visionary experiences of their own.

Singing to the Plants sets forth, in accessible form, just what this shamanism is about — what happens at an ayahuasca healing ceremony, how the apprentice shaman forms a spiritual relationship with the healing plant spirits, how sorcerers inflict the harm that the shaman heals, and the ways that plants are used in healing, love magic, and sorcery.

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Singing to the plants: a guide to mestizo shamanism in the upper Amazon
2009, University of New Mexico Press
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Albuquerque

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [453-515) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
581.6/30985
Library of Congress
GN564.P4 B49 2009

The Physical Object

Pagination
xiii, 530 p. :
Number of pages
530

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL24433791M
ISBN 10
0826347290
ISBN 13
9780826347299
LCCN
2009021509
OCLC/WorldCat
383816154

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