The Jaguar that Roams the Mind: An Amazonian Plant Spirit by Robert Tindall,Mark J. Plotkin

By Robert Tindall,Mark J. Plotkin

A trip into the deeper workings of indigenous therapeutic within the Amazon

• Explores the 3 pillars of Amazonian shamanism: purging, psychoactive crops, and diet

• stocks the stories of apprenticing with an Ashaninca grasp shaman

• finds the intimate dating among shamans and plant spirits

The Jaguar that Roams the Mind is a trip into the vanishing global of Amazonian shamanism--an event of initiation and return--that explores the original truth on the center of the Amazonian therapeutic procedure. Robert Tindall stocks his trips in the course of the internal and outer panorama of the church buildings of ayahuasca and with the Kaxinawa Indians in Brazil; his stories on the pioneering middle for the therapy of dependancy, Takiwasi, in Peru; and his reviews with an Ashaninca grasp shaman deep within the rainforest jungle.

Moving past the clinical method of medicinal vegetation, which seeks to minimize them to their chemical ingredients, Tindall illustrates the shamans’ intimate relationships with plant spirits. He explores the 3 pillars of Amazonian shamanism: purging (drawing illness out of the body), psychoactive crops (including the ritual use of ayahuasca), and nutrition (communing with the innate intelligence of instructor plants). via trials and revelations, the delicate internal common sense of indigenous therapeutic unfolds for him, together with the “miraculous” therapeutic of a girl struggling with a mind tumor. Culminating in a rite fraught with terror but finally enlightening, Tindall’s trip unearths the the most important part lacking from the metaphysics of the West: the knowledge and appreciation of the sentience of nature itself.

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