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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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The Three Halves of Ino Moxo: Teachings of the Wizard of the Upper Amazon

Calvo, Cesar (1995).
Rochester, VT: Inner Traditions International.

ISBN: 0-89281-519-1

Description: paperback, xii + 259 pages.

Contents: Translator's Note by Kenneth A. Symington, prologue by Cesar Soriano Calvo, preface, 36 chapters divided into 4 sections: 1. The Visions, 2. The Journey, 3. Ino Moxo, 4. The Awakening, glossary.

Note: First published under the title Las Tres Mitades de Ino Moxo by Proceso Editores, Iquitos, Peru, 1981. Additional teachings of Manuel Cordova-Rios whose Amawakas name was Ino Moxo, including religious uses of ayahuasca. See Wizard of the Upper Amazon by Bruce Lamb for additional information on Cordova-Rios.

Excerpt(s): In The Three Halves of Ino Moxo, one of South American's most imaginative writers, César Calvo, takes the reader on an extraordinary journey into the rain forests of eastern Peru. The magical story of Calvo's search for an encounter with the reclusive shaman Ino Moxo conveys, as no previous book has done, the fantastic, mysterious, and sometimes grotesque world of Amazonian sorcerers.

Ino Moxo (1887-1978) began his life as Manuel Córdova-Rios, a Spanish Peruvian who as a boy was kidnapped by a band of Amawaka Indians. During his years with the Amawakas, described in F. Bruce Lamb's classic Wizard of the Upper Amazon, Córdova-Rios mastered the Indians' traditional way of life. That way rested on a keen sensory awareness, an encyclopedic knowledge of plant and animal lore, and the ritual use of the powerful visionary plant ayawaskha, the "vine of the dead." In recognition of his mastery the Amawakas named him Ino Moxo, the Black Panther. His remarkable work as a healer became legendary among both Indians and whites, who turned to his botanical cures when conventional medicine failed. Near the end of his long and extraordinary life, and partly in reaction to his growing celebrity, Ino Moxo secluded himself in the most remote regions of the rain forest.

In this atmospheric memoir César Calvo travels through the dream-like world of the native visionaries Don Javier, Don Hildebrando, and Don Juan Tuesta-intense, powerful sorcerers who share with Calvo their amazing insights into the nature of reality-to find Ino Moxo's jungle retreat. Cast in the form of an evening's ayawaskha session, with its attendant visions of past, present, and future, The Three Halves of Ino Moxo evokes an Amazonian world where the magical dimension is always present, where animal life is always near, and where the boundary between this and other worlds is continually crossed. (back cover blurb)

This compilation by Thomas B. Roberts & Paula Jo Hruby, © 1995-2003 CSP

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