AYA: A Shamanic Odyssey > by Rak Razam

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 “The vine has spread her tendrils across the world and a genuine archaic revival was underway. My bags were packed; South America beckoned, and the ancient mysteries of the rainforest awaited. I wanted in on it…”

What is Amazonian shamanism and why is it important to the world today, as we stand on the brink of environmental change and global transformation? Traveling on a magazine assignment to Peru, Rak Razam - editor and co-founder of Undergrowth.org, sets out to discover the answers. He joins a growing movement of Western tourists coming for the legal experience of ayahuasca – the “vine of souls” – a South American hallucinogenic plant that is said to heal, and connect to the divine.

In the jungle city of Iquitos he meets Western seekers (ayahuasqueros) and native shamans, and quickly finds himself caught up in a culture clash between the old world and the new. Embroiled in a world of sorcery, intrigue and big bucks, Razam quickly realizes this is an archetypal story bigger than he first imagined, and that he himself is called to explore the magical world of shamanism.

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