The purpose of taking [yagé] is to return to the uterus
where the individual "sees" the tribal divinities,
the creation of the universe and humanity, the first human couple,
the creation of the animals, and the establishment of the social
- Gerardo Reichel-Dolmatoff, Flesh of the Gods
We have drunk the Soma; we have become immortal; we have gone
to the light; we have found the gods. What can hatred and the
malice of a mortal do to us now, O immortal one?
- Rig Veda (c.1000 BC)
Included here are sections from my book. The first four sections
are about visiting the Amazon to take ayahuasca, the sacred Amazonian
jungle brew. I consider ayahuasca (also known as yagé)
to be an extraordinarily profound and healing "medicine."
The fifth section, "Phantasticum, $2000," is a long
evocation of an ayahuasca trip and some further speculations,
that did not make it into the finished book.