Ayahuasca is a psychoactive drink used for healing and divination among religious groups in the Brazilian Amazon. 'Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil' is the first scholarly volume in English to examine the religious rituals and practices surrounding ayahuasca. The use of ayahuasca among religious groups is analysed, alongside Brazilian public policies regarding ayahuasca and the handling of substance dependence. 'Ayahuasca, Ritual and Religion in Brazil' will be of interest to scholars of anthropology and religion and all those interested in the role of stimulants in religious practice.
Foreword by Professor Andrew Dawson, Lancaster University Beatriz Labate, Edward MacRae and Sandra Goulart (Casper Libero College, Brazil) - Brazilian Ayahuasca Religions in perspective 1. Mariana C. Pantoja (Federal University of Acre, Brazil) and Osmildo da Silva Conceicao (Kuntanawa tribal leader) - The use of ayahuasca among rubber tappers of the Alto Jurua 2. Arneide Cemin (Federal University of Rondonia, Brazil) - The rituals of Santo Daime: systems of symbolic constructions 3. Luiz Eduardo Soares (State University of Rio de Janeiro) - Santo Daime in the Context of the New Religious Consciousness 4. Wladimyr Sena Araujo (Uniao Educacional do Norte, Brazil) - The BarquinhaA": symbolic space of a cosmology in the making 5. Christian Frenopoulo (Anthropology PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh) - Healing in the Barquinha religion 6. Sandra Goulart - Religious matrices of the Uniao do Vegetal 7. Sergio Brissac (Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office) - In the light of Hoasca: an approach to the religious experience of participants of the Uniao do Vegetal 8. Domingos Bernardo Gialluisi da Silva Sa (Brazilian lawyer and member of the national anti-drug board, CONAD)- Ayahuasca: the consciousness of expansion 9. Edward MacRae - The development of Brazilian public policies on the religious use of Ayahuasca 10 .Beatriz Labate, Rafael Guimaraes dos Santos (PhD Candidate in Pharmacology, UAB, Barcelona) , Brian Anderson (MD Candidate, Stanford University School of Medicine), Marcelo Mercante (Interdisciplinary Group for Psychoactive Studies, Brazil) and Paulo Cesar Ribeiro Barbosa (Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Brazil) - The Treatment and Handling of Substance Dependence with Ayahuasca: Reflections on Current and Future Research