The Ayahuasca Sessions: Conversations with Amazonian Curanderos and Western Shamans

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THE AYAHUASCA SESSIONS: Conversations with Indigenous Curanderos and Western Shamans, is the companion volume to the critically acclaimed Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey by Rak Razam. Richly illustrated with over 100 black and white photographs, this is a seminal collection of 24 interviews with native Peruvian curanderos, Western shamans, ayahuasqueros and spiritual seekers that drink the potent jungle medicine "ayahuasca". Journalist Rak Razam talks in depth with some of the leading lights of Amazonian shamanism, letting them explain in their own words what they do in their profession and what they think the unprecedented explosion in Western interest forbodes. Includes interviews with Guillermo Aravelo, Percy Garcia, Ron Wheelock, Dennis McKenna, Ph.D, Jan Kounen, Alan Shoemaker, and more. A classic text for those interested in the booming business of ayahuasca tourism, entheogens, spirituality, anthropology and counter-culture studies.

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RAK RAZAM is a new wave entheogenic researcher and the cofounder of Undergrowth.org, Australia's leading online counterculture arts and literature magazine, and the Icaros Foundation. An author, freelance journalist, and editor, he specializes in underground and counterculture communities, spirituality, and technology. He has written features for Australian Penthouse, The Age, Dazed and Confused magazine and Dazed Digital, Disinfo.com, Reality Sandwich, High Times, Filmmaker magazine, and many other publications. The author lives in Mullumbimby, New South Wales, Australia.

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"I think the world is in serious need of healing and ... and waking up.... The global ayahuasca movement and the rediscovery of the Archaic is an encouraging thing." --Dennis McKenna, ethnobotanist and author of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss

"A memorable--and deeply personal--journey into the hearts and minds of those who carry on the shamanic traditions of ayahuasca." --Rick Doblin, president and founder of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)

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