Good Mother Nature: Ayahuasca neoshamanism as cultural critique (conference video)

Good Mother Nature: Ayahuasca neoshamanism as cultural critique (conference video)

This paper imports nuances of nature-culture theory in Amazonian anthropology and demonstrates ways in which the reimagining of ayahuasca use in Australian society involves the modern idea of nature as separate and wounded. This idea is linked to specific political and scientific discourse of industrialised states and is shown to provide the vision by which … Continue reading

From the Amazon to Australia: A Dumontian analysis of ayahuasca healing

From the Amazon to Australia: A Dumontian analysis of ayahuasca healing

The psychoactive beverage ayahuasca is used differently in Australia compared to in its homeland of indigenous Amazonia. The simplicity of this statement is haunted by an immense complexity. The types of uses of ayahuasca are by no means unified in the Amazon. Although anthropologists have noted that different indigenous peoples in the Amazon use ayahuasca for … Continue reading

Ayahuasca Australiana: An introduction to ‘healing’ and ‘wisdom’

Ayahuasca Australiana: An introduction to ‘healing’ and ‘wisdom’

  This piece explores some of the embodied, disembodied, and gut-wrenching themes of ayahuasca ceremonies in Australia. In addition, key motivations for drinking ayahuasca are explored in relation to required ascetic practices that precede ceremonies and strengthen the motivations. It is an excerpt taken from a PhD chapter I am writing on ritual.  Ayahuasca drinkers in Australia approach their practice as a means … Continue reading