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Subject presentation
Context and rationale
The Ayahuasca experience
Description of the field site – Iquitos
Theoretical considerations
Description of research project and methodology
PART I: The Western Vision Quest
Chapter 1: Shamanism and the Western imagination
Generic Shamanism
Irrational and vilified Shamanism
Medicalized Shamanism
Idealized Shamanism
Neoshamanism and the New Age
Chapter 2: Hallucinogens and the Western tradition
Discussion of hallucinogens in the Western tradition
Scientific Approaches
The legacy of the 1960s
The entheogenic paradigm
Ayahuasca in the West
Scientific studies on ayahuasca
Chapter 3: Shamanic tourism
Motives of shamanic tourists
The archaic mystique
Accessing the sacred
Personal transformation
Authenticity and interculturality
The feminization of ayahuasca
PART II: The Dual Nature of Amazonian Shamanism: Healing and Sorcery
Chapter 4: Ambivalence as an element of Amazonian Shamanism
Chapter 5: Healing
Elements of Healing in an Ayahuasca Ceremony
The element of Crisis
Chapter 6: Sorcery
The sorcerers’ attacks
PART III: Ritual and Self
Chapter 7: Reconfiguring the Self
From apprentice to shaman
Shamanic dietas as a tool for transformation and knowledge
Theories of the self
The self in philosophy
The self in psychology
The self and the New Age
The Ritual
APPENDIX 1: Maps and Photographs
APPENDIX 3: Glossary of common terms
APPENDIX 4: List of plants
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