By Rak Razam,Dennis J. McKenna
Experiential journalist Rak Razam units out to record the thriving enterprise of 21st-century hallucinogenic shamanism beginning with a visit to the once a year Amazonian Shaman convention in Iquitos, Peru, the place he meets a motley workforce of "spiritual tourists," rogue scientists, black magicians, and indigenous and Western healers and publications, all on the town to partake of the ritual--and the medicine--of ayahuasca, "the vine of souls." Combining his own tale with the background of Amazonian shamanism, Razam takes the reader alongside on an exciting, enlightening adventure.
In parts of Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, the conventional natural brew referred to as ayahuasca or yajé is legally used to heal actual illnesses and to cleanse and purify the spirit by way of connecting it to the internet of lifestyles. Sting and Tori Amos have admitted sampling it in Latin the USA, as has Paul Simon, who chronicled the adventure in his tune "Spirit Voices." Aya Awakenings works as a cautionary story, a travelogue, and a memoir, yet essentially acts as a portal by which readers may be able to achieve additional information concerning the perils and the promise of non secular reconnection via ayahuasca.
"A memorable--and deeply personal--journey into the hearts and minds of these who stick with it the shamanic traditions of ayahuasca."--Rick Doblin, founding father of the Multidisciplinary organization of Psychedelic reports (MAPS)
Foreword via Dennis McKenna Preface by way of Rak Razam
1 Seekers of the secret; 2 Wheel of Fortune; three Jungle Fever; four house Cadets; five Cosmovision; 6 Hamburger Universe; 7 browsing; eight Ayahuasca Disco; nine trademarks; 10 evening of the Black Puma; eleven Downtime; 12 Seeds; thirteen Beasts Initiation; 14 Shaman tuition; 15 Snakes and Ladders; sixteen middle of Darkness; 17 go back to the resource; 18 the affection Creek consultation; 19 The excessive Frontier; 20 Stairway to Heaven; 21 happening to the River to wish; 22 The Hero's Journey
23 mystery Women's company; 24 The leading Directive; 25 One River; 26 whilst Stones Dream; 27 Paying the Earth; 28 conversing with Kevin; 29 Illuminated; 30 ultimate Flight Index Bibliography