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Author Beyer, Stephan V., 1943- author

Title Singing to the plants : a guide to mestizo shamanism in the Upper Amazon / Stephan V. Beyer
Published Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 530 pages) : illustrations
Summary "In the Upper Amazon, mestizos are the Spanish-speaking descendants of Hispanic colonizers and the indigenous peoples of the jungle. Some mestizos have migrated to Amazon towns and cities, such as Iquitos and Pucallpa; most remain in small villages. They have retained features of a folk Catholicism and traditional Hispanic medicine, and have incorporated much of the religious tradition of the Amazon, especially its shamanism, sorcery, healing, and the use of potent plant hallucinogens, including ayahuasca. Singing to the Plants sets forth just what this shamanism is about - what happens at an ayahuasca healing ceremony, how the apprentice shaman forms a spiritual relationship with the healing plant spirits, how sorcerers inflict the harm that the shaman heals, and the ways that plants are used in healing, love magic, and sorcery."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 453-515) and index
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Subject Ayahuasca ceremony -- Peru -- Maynas.
Ethnobotany -- Peru -- Maynas.
Healing -- Peru -- Maynas.
Human-plant relationships -- Peru -- Maynas.
Plants -- Peru -- Maynas -- Religious aspects.
Shamanism -- Peru -- Maynas.
Maynas (Peru) -- Religious life and customs.
Maynas (Peru) -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0826347290
0826347312 (electronic bk)
9780826347312 (electronic bk)