Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
Visionary Vine: Hallucinogenic Healing in the Peruvian Amazon.
Dobkin de Rios, Marlene. (1984).
Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press.
xii + 181 pages. Originally published in 1972.
acknowledgments, Map of Peru, "Oh Amazonas Putrefacto"
by Roger Rumrill, 9 chapters, glossary, bibliography,
Excerpt(s): For too many
years, such inner states had been off-limits to psychological
investigation, which focused its attention on mental activity
that was measurable and objectively discernible. Since interior
states were not amenable to available measurement techniques,
they were often disregarded. However, it is just those areas of
hallucinogenic-drug use that measurement of subjective states
becomes an almost impossible task. Despite the subjective nature
of a drug experience, what would appear to be the most important
aspect of my ayahuasca research was to see how cultural variables
such as belief systems, attitudes, expectations, and values concerning
the use of a powerful psychedelic plant can structure one of the
most personal experiences that a social scientist
can examine. Recurrent features and regularities of individuals'
drug experiences in the Peruvian Amazon will be an important part
of the analysis in the pages to follow. (page 9)
We have looked at the plant hallucinogen, ayahuasca,
as an example of man's traditional use of such substances in the
treatment of disease. As I pointed out at the beginning of this
book, although it is convenient to separate out categories of
drug use in which disease is viewed apart from supernatural concerns,
it is important to reiterate here that ayahuasca healing in the
Peruvian Amazon has very definite supernatural components of etiology,
diagnosis, and cure as well as being viewed by healers and patients
alike in terms of a philosophy of caus ation. The
visions induced by the plant are interpreted by the ayahuasca
healer to be the personal or spiritual force responsible for illness,
a major concern prior to the effecting of any cure. (page 140)
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