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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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Ayahuasca Visions :
The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman.

Luna, Leis Eduardo, and, Amaringo, Pablo. (1991).
Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

ISBN: 1-55643-064-7

Description: Hardcover, 160 pages.

Contents: Introduction, note, biography of Pablo Amaringo, about the visions, conclusion; 49 illustrated Visions divided into 4 parts, Part 1: The Plant-Teachers and Shamanic Powers, Part 2: Spirit World, Part 3: Illness and Curing, Part 4: Shamanic Flights, bibliography, index.

Excerpt(s): Years ago, Peruvian Pablo Amaringo took the shaman's path. Today, he paints from a photographic memory the intricate, detailed visions he experienced under the influence of ayahuasca. His vivid and detailed paintings, filled with animals, plants, spirits and mythological beings, illuminate the shaman's world. In his paintings he meets the living spirits of beneficial as well as harmful plants, the visitors from distant galaxies, and the ancient and wise guardians of esoteric knowledge. ...

Anthropologist Leis Eduardo Luna provides an introduction to the Peruvian Amazon and its ethnobotanical tradition, the use of ayahuasca in a shamanic context, and background on his long relationship with Pablo Amaringo. Throughout the text he supplements Amaringo's descriptions of the supernatural with plant identifications, cross-cultural comparisons, information about plant shamanism in Amazonia, and analyses of the symbols and iconography in Pablo's art. (dust jacket)

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