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Wizard of the Upper Amazon
Ayahuasca, Amazonian Spirituality, and the Santo Daime Tradition

F. Bruce Lamb

Pages: 201
Price: $14.95
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Pub Date: 1974
ISBN: 0938190806

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Table of Contents >

Caucho Camp
Strange Village
Visions
Hunting Camp
Hunting Stories
Invasion
Apprenticeship
Indian Caucho
Legends
Marriage
Jaguars
Assassin
Transition
Frustration
Release
Return

 
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Wizard of the Upper Amazon in an extraordinary document of life among a tribe of South American Indians at the beginning of the century...In a matter-of-fact tone Cordova tells how he learned the lore of the forest and the Amahuaca directly from the visions that followed upon drinking the ayahuasca extract.  He also describes vividly his repeated experiences of shared consciousness with his captors: group vision sessions in which all participants see the same visions simultaneously.

 
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An authentic account from the early twentieth century of village life in the Amazon jungle. Told in a simple and direct manner, one is captivated by the sophisticated and complete social life of the Indian people. Since it is a first hand account , non-anthropological, one gets a glimpse of a way of life rich in religious, cultural and human achievement. It offers insights into the way of life of the Huni Kui people, and into the Western way of life, both complete and wonderful in their own right, but utterly separate. The civilization of the Huni Kui people is hard to relate to the animalistic, instinctual slavery of the greed driven capitalist world, where everything is reduced to its financial worth, as opposed to its intrinsic value. Although the Huni Kui people are ultimately pragmatic about the world they live in, their intellectual integrity allows for recognition of the interdependence of all life. This is explored in the book through enjoyable tales of hunting trips, religious ceremonies and villiage incidents, revealing a taste of the satisfaction of an integrated way of life, apart from the materialistic fantasies engaged in by the mechanistic, bureaucratic Western worldview.  -  rock.wood@mindspring.com

If you are interested in shamanic subjects & are reading people like John Perkins and Carlos Castaneda, then you will want to read this.... which pre-dates those. This is a story not an essay or direct teaching, but understandings are there for the taking. I come away from this book (read in one day) appreciative but also with a vague wondering if the story is exactly as it seems... did it really happen? does it matter if it really happened?  - David Anderson

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