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Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond$
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Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199341191

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199341191.001.0001

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Ritualized Misunderstanding Between Uncertainty, Agreement, and Rupture

Ritualized Misunderstanding Between Uncertainty, Agreement, and Rupture

Communication Patterns in Euro-American Ayahuasca Ritual Interactions

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Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond

Anne-Marie Losonczy

Silvia Mesturini Cappo

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores a particular aspect of religious practice and migration. Shamanism presents itself today as a multi-sited landscape, painted by regular movements of ritual experts and practitioners and by the continuous diffusion and reconfiguration of practice. These transcontinental travels and settlements influence the local communities and lead them to rethink and adapt their own practices of internal and regional use. The transcontinental version of shamanism presents an organizational continuum that reproduces a set of itineraries that bind, on a national and international scale, the territories of so-called ethnical shamanism and its urban adaptations. In fact, this continuum rests on the encounter of national and international “urban shamanisms” that structure themselves by looking at the “indigenous” as a revalued and ultimate resource. By addressing the shamanic expertise classified as “knowledge” in this particular context, we question its influence on the national and international social hierarchies that originated from colonization.

Keywords:   ritualized misunderstanding, mestizo shamanism, uncertainty, ritual interaction, shamanic legitimacy

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