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Amazon Magic: The Life Story of Ayahuasquero & Shaman Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez

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Books about the healing and spiritual uses of ayahuasca from the Amazon rain forest; religions such as Santo Daime with ayahuasca as their sacrament; recordings of icaros, or sacred songs; and web resources.

Ayahuasca Books

Amazon Magic: The Life Story of Ayahuasquero & Shaman Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez

Amazon Magic: The Life Story
Of Ayahuasquero & Shaman
Don Agustin Rivas

by Jaya Bear

Amazon Magic tells the life story of Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez, an ayahuaquero, a shaman skilled in the use of ayahuasca, a visionary and healing plant medicine. Told in his own words, Amazon Magic describes incidents from his childhood in a small jungle town beside the Amazon River, and his early and present day experiences with the plant medicine ayahuasca. The book recounts his days of being lost in the remote depths of the jungle which resulted in his living a year with an Indian tribe. This book provides a fascinating look into the cultural life of the Peruvian Amazon as seen through the eyes of someone who is an integral part of this life, and provides a rare insight into the forces that helped shape the life of a profound healer who is now highly regarded in many parts of the world.--book description

Ayahuasca Reader : Encounters with the Amazon's Sacred Vine

Ayahuasca Reader

Ayahuasca is a sacred drink of the indigenous peoples of the Upper Amazon and Orinoco basins, and is used for divination, healing, and other cosmogonic/shamanic purposes. The Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters With The Amazon's Sacred Vine is a compilation of texts translated from several languages on the ayahuasca experiences. These accounts including indigenous mythic narratives and testimonies, religious hymns, and narratives related by western travelers, scientists, and writers who came into contact with ayahuasca in a variety of contexts. The Ayahuasca Reader is a seminal, benchmark publication and will be of intense interest to students of Amazonian indigenous culture, Native American spirituality, and metaphysical studies.--an Amazon reviewer

Ayahuasca Visions
by Luis Luna

Along with Schultes' and Raffauf's Vine of the Soul, this is one of the best books on ayahuasca ever written. Luis Eduardo Luna is one of the world's leading authorities on this intriguing subject and Pablo Amaringo is equally knowledgeable. A treasure trove of info and art for anyone interested in art, the Amazon, and shamanism. --an Amazon reviewer

Ayahuasca : The Visionary and Healing Powers of the Vine of the Soul

Ayahuasca: The Visionary And Healing
Powers Of The Vine Of The Soul

by Joan Parisi Wilcox

Joan Parisi Wilcox has been initiated into the Q'ero shamanic tradition of the Andes and is the author of Keepers of the Ancient Knowledge: The Mystical World of the Q'ero Indians of Peru. Ayahuasca: The Visionary and Healing Powers of the Vine of the Soul is an autobiographical account of the author's work with ayahuasca, a potent and sacred plant brew of the Amazon region that is known for its extraordinary visionary and healing powers. As she learned from her experience, with the help of ayahuasca we are able to grasp our paradoxical nature, the first step to acceptance of ourselves in both our glorious and dark aspects. Ayahuasca teaches us how to release the illusions we hold about ourselves and makes it possible to integrate our many diverse aspects to acquire our true power. --an Amazon reviewer

Forest Of Visions:
Ayahuasca, Amazonian Spirituality,
And The Santo Daime Tradition
by Alex Polari De Alverga

Part biography, part document of spiritual wisdom, Forest of Visions is a fascinating story that satisfies on many levels. Author Alex Polari de Alverga spent years as a political prisoner during military rule in Brazil. Here he recounts his spiritual transformation after release under the tutelage of Padrinho Sebastião Mota de Mela, one of the founders of the Santo Daime religion. Forest of Visions is also a study of the inner workings of the Santo Daime utopian community of 500 in the heart of the Amazonian rainforest. The Santo Daime is a Christian-indigenous syncretic religion that centers around the drinking of a sacramental psychedelic tea called Ayahuasca as a shortcut to spiritual revelation and growth. After years of study, the Brazilian government decided that Ayahuasca positively benefited society and church members, and declared it legal. Approximately 50 Santo Daime churches now exist around the world, including in the U.S., Japan, and Holland, with various legal statures. --P. Randall Cohan

The Healing Forest: Medicinal And Toxic
Plants Of The Northwest Amazonia

Richard Evans Schultes & Robert F. Raffa

The destruction of the Amazon forests continues, and with them an unknown number of plant species and the traditional knowledge of their medicinal uses. Schultes (biology, Harvard U.) and Raffauf (pharmacognosy and medicinal chemistry, Northeastern U.) combine nearly half a century of field research in this least studied part of the Amazonian drainage area to document and describe 1,479 species and variants, representing 596 genera in 145 plant families. Of these, half have had little or no prior investigation of their chemical and pharmacological properties.--book description

Return to La Paz: Tales of Travel, Meditation and Ayahuasca

Return to La Paz: Tales of Travel, Meditation and Ayahuasca
by Thomas Reissmann

Reissmann takes the reader on an exciting journey through the mysterious jungles of Brazil and Peru, through his mystical experiences with ayahuasca as he - and the reader - adventures into the unknown. It was an enchanting journey; one in which I felt I was living vicariously through his own experiences, with a surprise always waiting for me around the corner. Reissmann has a beautiful way of conveying his story by spinning an intricate web of ideas, philosophies, and teachings together. He is an inspiring and talented writer. I immensely enjoyed reading this true tale!--an Amazon reviewer

Rio Tigre And Beyond:
The Amazon Jungle Medicin
e Of Manuel Cordova

by Bruce Lamb

Manuel Cordova-Rios apprenticed with shamans of the Huni Kui people of eastern Peru at the turn of the century. During his lifetime as a healer and physician he utilized this knowledge to its maximum, recording and proving the comprehensive health system of these indigenous people to be one of the most sophisticated in existence.--book description

The Three Halves Of Ino Moxo:
Teachings Of The Wizar
d Of The Upper Amazon

by Cesar Calvo

Navigating South American humor, floridly poetic prose and extensive sexual metaphor, Symington skillfully translates this Peruvian book, originally published in 1981 as the first part of a trilogy called The Invisible Colors. Folklore, the iconography of the subconscious and cultural history all converge upon the unexplainable in a psychological and physical jungle. Calvo's journeys took place during the 1970s, when he traveled the depths of the Amazon in search of an interview with renowned sorcerer Ino Moxo. --book description

Vine of the Soul: Medicine Men, Their Plants and Rituals in the Colombian Amazonia

Vine of the Soul: Medicine Men,
Their Plants And Rituals In The Columbian Amazon

by Richard Evans Schultes, Robert F. Raffauf

Professors Schultes and Raffauf in this new book take us on a journey to a place where healing with plants is the norm, and where ritual and magic play an essential role in everyday life. This book is the story of a time that was- when the Amazon Indians, living in their verdant and expansive rainforest, had a minimum of contact with cultures of the outside world. Thus, we have a firsthand picture of traditional life in this region. This is an exceptional photographic essay accompanied by detailed descriptions of the Amazon Indian's use of medicinal and other sacred plant substances. Included are over 160 of the most significant photographs ever taken on this subject. --book description

Visionary Vine: Hallucinogenic Healing in the Peruvian Amazon

Visionary Vine: Hallucinogenic Healing
In The Peruvian Amazon

by Marlene Dobkin De Rios

The area of traditional folk healing with plant hallucinogens, such as the Peruvian urban setting studied here, is a unique human laboratory that is of interest to medical anthropologists, biologists, psychologists, and students of anthropology in general. One of the earliest firsthand observations of a practicing shaman and his use of native herbal medicines and psychedelic pharmaceuticals, this text makes an important contribution to understanding culture, illness, and healing. --book description

Wizard Of The Upper Amazon:
The Story Of Manuel Cordova-Rios

by Cordova Rice-Lamb

If you are interested in shamanic subjects & are reading people like John Perkins and Carlos Castaneda, then you will want to read this.... which pre-dates those. This is a story not an essay or direct teaching, but understandings are there for the taking. I come away from this book (read in one day) appreciative but also with a vague wondering if the story is exactly as it seems... did it really happen? does it matter if it really happened? --an Amazon reviewer

Also of Interest:

The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes

The Lost Amazon: The Photographic
Journey of Richard Evans Schultes
by Richard Schultes

Ayahuasca DVDs

Ayahuasca & Mystical Secrets of the Amazon (4pc)

Ayahuasca DVDs & Videos

 Ayahuasca CDs

Ayahuasca Songs from the Peruvian Amazon

Ayahuasca CDs: Music for Ayahuasca Rituals

Related Books, DVDs & Videos

Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred,
Healing & Hallucinogenic Powers

by Richard Evans Schultes, et al

by Richard Evans Schultes, Siri Von Reis

Where the Gods Reign
by Richard E. Schultes

DMT, The Spirit Molecule:
A Doctor's Revolutionary Research
Into The Biology Of Near-Death
And Mystical Experiences

by Rick Strassman

Entheogens And The Future Of Religion
edited by Robert Forte

Holographic Universe
by Michael Talbot

One River: Explorations And
Discoveries In The Amazon Rain Forest
by Wade Davis

Shadows In The Sun: Travels To
Landscapes Of Spirit And Desire
by Wade Davis

Tales Of A Shaman's Apprentice:
An Ethnobotanist Searches For New
Medicines In The Amazon Rain Forest

by Mark Plotkin

The Yage Letters
by William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg

 Ayahuasca Web Links

The Lycaeum

Santo Daime Home Page

União Do Vegetal Home Page

Also See:
Amazon Rainforest Books

Books About The Indigenous
Peoples Of Brazil & The Amazon

Brazil Ecology

Environmental Issues

The Pantanal

Brazil Book Index

Global Books from Culture Planet




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