In this session, Michael and Jeremy Narby discuss the Amazonian perspective on the use of tobacco and Ayahuasca. As an anthropologist, Jeremy has much experience in the rituals, ceremonies, and practices of Shawi and other indigenous tribes of the Amazon basin. They look at the health effects and the dangers of both ayahuasca and tobacco and explore the scientific view in relation to the indigenous animistic perspective on plants, nature, and healing.
Jeremy Narby, Ph.D., is the co-author of Plant Teachers: Ayahuasca, Tobacco and the Pursuit of Knowledge, with indigenous elder Rafael Chanchari Pizuri. He became an early pioneer of ayahuasca research while living with the Ashaninca people of the Peruvian Amazon in the 1980s. He studied anthropology at Stanford University and now lives in Switzerland and works as Amazonian projects director for Nouvelle Planète, a nonprofit organization that promotes the economic and cultural empowerment of indigenous peoples. Jeremy is also the author of the award-winning book, The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, which was originally published in 1998.
A true science of Ayahuasca calls for a new kind of research - one that opens up to another way of knowing, without the need to either “believe in it” or “not believe in it”. ~Jeremy Narby, PhD
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