Medical anthropology, relatedness, and analytical cannibalism

Medical anthropology, relatedness, and analytical cannibalism

Despite Hiedegger’s revolutionary claim that it is not possible to escape existence and find a view of the world from nowhere,we continue to divide anthropology into neat subfields— defined typically by institutional logics of modern societies — and act as if the subfields combine to make an entity that is culturally universal in its explanatory capacity. Existentialism may not be the most pragmatic … 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