Chanting Rivers, Fiery Tongue

Bartholomew Dean

in Urarina Society, Cosmology, and History in Peruvian Amazonia

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033785
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038384 | DOI:
Chanting Rivers, Fiery Tongue

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This chapter discusses one particular response that the Urarina have developed to interpret and deal with the encroaching outside world, namely ayahuasca shamanism. It draws its ritual efficacy from the coupling of historical reflexivity and mythopraxis. An analysis of this sacred activity that is based on the ritualized consumption of hallucinogenic beverages made from ayahuasca is able to demonstrate the significance of cultural heterogeneity and transcultural dialogue.

Keywords: Urarina; ayahuasca shamanism; historical reflexivity; mythopraxis; hallucinogenic beverages; cultural heterogeneity; transcultural dialogue

Chapter.  10194 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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