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Ayahuasca: The Shamanic Brew That Produces Out-Of-Body Experiences

Here's what you need to know about the South American hallucinogen favored by indigenous shamans and Western psychonauts alike.

Ayahuasca: The Shamanic Brew That Produces Out-Of-Body Experiences

 

Ayahuasca, known by various names by different indigenous groups in South America, is a generic term commonly associated with preparations of the mildly psychoactive vine Banisteriopsis caapi. Ayahuasca literally translates from the Quechua language of the North Andes as "soul vine" or "vine of the dead" and has traditionally been consumed by indigenous communities such as…

Andrew Dawson is Professor of Religion at Lancaster University.

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