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The Psychedelic Journey of Marlene Dobkin de Rios: 45 Years with Shamans, Ayahuasqueros, and Ethnobotanists


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A look inside almost half a century of pioneering research in the Amazon and Peru by a noted anthropologist studying hallucinogens, including ayahuasca andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Reveals how ayahuasca successfully treats psychological and emotional disorders andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Examines adolescent drug use from a cross-cultural perspective andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andbull; Discusses the deleterious effects of drug tourism in the Amazon andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ayahuasca is an alkaloid-rich psychoactive concoction indigenous to Southandnbsp; America that has been employed by shamans for millennia as a spirit drug for divinatory and healing purposes. Although the late Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes was credited in the early 1950s as being the first to document the use of ayahuasca, other researchers, such as the distinguished anthropologist Marlene Dobkin de Rios, were responsible for furthering his findings and uncovering the curative capabilities of this amazing compound. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;The Psychedelic Journey of Marlene Dobkin de Riosandlt;/Iandgt; presents the accumulated experience of de Riosandrsquo;s 45 years of pioneering field studies in the area of hallucinogens in Peru and the Amazon. Her investigation into ayahuasca--which she undertook in collaboration with more than a dozen traditional Mestizo folk curanderos, shamans, and fellow ethnobotanists--focuses on the use of this revolutionary plant in the treatment of recalcitrant psychological and emotional disorders. She also shares some of her theories that prove that the ancient Maya used psychedelic plants as part of their religious rituals, thereby demonstrating the impact of plant psychedelics on human prehistory. In addition, Dobkin de Rios examines altered states of consciousness derived from the use of biofeedback and hypnosis and discusses her current work on the deleterious effects of drug tourism in the Amazon.


Marlene Dobkin de Rios has conducted extensive field studies in the use of ayahuasca in Peru and the Amazon, focusing on its use in the treatment of psychological and emotional disorders. She also examines altered states of consciousness that are experienced using biofeedback and hypnosis.

About the Author

Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Ph.D. (1939-2012), was a medical anthropologist, associate clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and professor emerita of anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, where she taught cultural anthropology from 1969-2000. A former Fulbright scholar, she was the author of several hundred professional articles and eight books, including andlt;Iandgt;The Psychedelic Journey of Marlene Dobkin de Riosandlt;/Iandgt;.

Table of Contents

andlt;Bandgt;Foreword andlt;Iandgt;by Wade Davisandlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Introduction andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Part One andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;An Overview of My Anthropological Life andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;1andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Salas: Capital of Witchcraft andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;2andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Belen and the Amazon andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;3andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The 1970s andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;4andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The 1980s andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;5andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The 1990s andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;6andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; The Millennium andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Part Two andlt;BRandgt;Psychedelic Research Summaries andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;/Iandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;7 andnbsp; andnbsp; Theoretical Approaches to Psychedelic Research andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Man, Culture, and Hallucinogens andlt;BRandgt;Shamanism, Ontology, and Human Evolution andlt;BRandgt;The Function of Drug Rituals in Human Society andlt;BRandgt;Hallucinogens: A Cross-cultural Perspective andlt;BRandgt;Entheogens: A New Terminology andlt;BRandgt;Women and Hallucinogens andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;8andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Psychedelics and Ethnographies andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Australian Aborigines andlt;BRandgt;New Guinea Mushroom Users andlt;BRandgt;The Fang of Northwestern Equatorial Africa andlt;BRandgt;The Aztecs of Mexico andlt;BRandgt;The Incas andlt;BRandgt;Salas: An Ethnography andlt;BRandgt;Adolescent Drug Use from a Cross-cultural Perspective andlt;BRandgt;Hallucinogens, Suggestibility, and Adolescence from a Cross-cultural Perspective andlt;BRandgt;Tobacco and Shamanism in South America andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;9andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Psychedelics in the Archaeological Record andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Psychedelic Folk Healing in Peru: Continuity and Change andlt;BRandgt;Plant Hallucinogens and the Moche Religion andlt;BRandgt;Plant Hallucinogens, Sexuality, and the Ceramic Art of the Moche and Nazca andlt;BRandgt;Out-of-Body Experiences and New World Monumental Earthworks andlt;BRandgt;The Maya and the Water Lily andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;10andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Psychedelics and Healing andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Socioeconomic Characteristics of an Amazon Urban Healerandrsquo;s Clientele andlt;BRandgt;The Vidente Phenomenon in Third World Traditional Healing andlt;BRandgt;Saladera: A Culture-Bound Misfortune Syndrome in the Peruvian Amazon andlt;BRandgt;Paranoia and andlt;Iandgt;Banisteriopsisandlt;/Iandgt; in Witchcraft and Healing in Iquitos, Peru andlt;BRandgt;What We Can Learn from Shamanic Healing Ayahuasca and Tobacco Smoke: Healing or Harmful? andlt;BRandgt;Ketamine Use in a Burn Center: Hallucinogen or Debridement Facilitator? andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;11 andnbsp; andnbsp; Psychedelics, Art, Music, and Creativity andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Hallucinogenic Ritual as Theater andlt;BRandgt;Hallucinogenic Music: The Jungle Gym in Consciousness andlt;BRandgt;LSD, Spirituality, and the Creative Process andlt;BRandgt;Ecstasy: In and About Altered States andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;12andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Psychedelics and the Uniandatilde;o do Vegetal Church andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Ayahuasca Use from a Cross-cultural Perspective andlt;BRandgt;Hallucinogens and Redemption andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;13andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Psychedelics and Drug Tourism andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Mea Culpa: Drug Tourism and the Anthropologistandrsquo;s Responsibility andlt;BRandgt;A Hallucinogenic Tea Laced with Controversy andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Epilogue andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Glossary andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Published Works of Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Ph.D. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Bibliography andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Index andlt;/Bandgt;

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Dobkin De Rios, Marl
Park Street Press
De Rios, Marlene Dobkin
Dobkin de Rios, Marlene
Marlene Dobkin de Rios
Spirituality - Shamanism
Anthropology - Cultural
Social Psychology
Dobkin de Rios, Marlene
Women anthropologists - Peru - Iquitos
Personal Memoirs
Biography - General
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