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By Beatriz Caiuby Labate,Clancy Cavnar

Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar supply an in-depth exploration of ways Amerindian epistemology and ontology relating indigenous shamanic rituals of the Amazon have unfold to Western societies, and of the way indigenous, mestizo, and cosmopolitan cultures have engaged with and reworked those woodland traditions. the amount specializes in using ayahuasca, a psychoactive drink crucial in lots of indigenous shamanic rituals of the Amazon.

Ayahuasca use has unfold to nations a ways past its Amazonian foundation, spurring a wide selection of criminal and cultural responses. The essays during this quantity examine how those responses have prompted ritual layout and function in conventional and non-traditional contexts, how displaced indigenous humans and rubber tappers are engaged within the inventive reinvention of rituals, and the way those rituals support construct ethnic alliances and cultural and political concepts. those essays discover very important vintage and modern concerns in anthropology, together with the connection among the growth of ecotourism and ethnic tourism and up to date indigenous cultural revival and the emergence of latest ethnic identities. the quantity additionally examines traits within the commodification of indigenous cultures in post-colonial contexts, the combo of shamanism with a community of future health and spiritually similar providers, and identification hybridization in international societies.

The wealthy ethnographies and huge research of those essays will enable deeper realizing of the function of formality in mediating the stumble upon among indigenous traditions and glossy societies.

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