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Whether in an anthropological approach or in a pharmacological frame, there are much scientific attention to all religion practice evolving the use of ayahuasca nowadays in Brazil. Despite of these main approaches to the phenomenon of ayahuasca consumption this research project points at other epistemological direction while it investigates how a mystical experience is built as a written account of oneself.
In some cases there is a remarkable connection between having a mystical experience and being compelled to give an account of oneself.
The first is the poet and ex-participant of guerrilla movement in Brazil Alex Polari. My goal for this proposal is to investigate in both texts how the mystical experience is bound to an intense process of redescription of the self which compelled these two authors to give written accounts of themselves.
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The Brazilian Ayahuasca Religions
This article reviews the forthcoming issue of FIR containing an important collection of articles on the origins and developments of religious movements and, later, research movements focused on a powerful psychoactive beverage consisting of the mixture of certain vines ayahuasca and leaves chacrona found mainly in Western Amazonia. With the diversification and globalization of these new religious movements, the article points to new directions for field research in these religions. Robin M. Wright completed his Doctorate in Anthropology at Stanford University in He is an anthropologist, scholar of religions, and specialist in indigenous religions. He has numerous publications on shamanism, mythology and the history of indigenous peoples of South America.
Padrinho Alex Polari de Alverga