I just finished listening to the two-part series on Ayahuasca, IN SEARCH OF THE DIVINE VEGETAL, from the CBC radio show Ideas, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s a fair-minded look at the history of the plant-teacher and the burgeoning drug-tourism industry in the Amazon resulting from westerner’s growing interest in the vine. From their website:
From the Amazon jungles to downtown Canada, ideas about Ayahuasca revive a decades-old argument about the uses and abuses, the ecstasies and the efficacies of mind-altering plants. Ayahuasca has been part of shamanic tradition for centuries. Broadcasters Thomas McKinnon and Leonard Cler-Cunningham travel the old trails, attend the ceremonies, and debate the religious, economic and political questions surrounding the divine vegetal.
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