This article is to inform about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), the RFRA exemption procedure, and the process of getting a RFRA exemption from the Drug Enforcement Administration, in the United States.
This story gives a sense of what “Pachamama” means (the feminine universe) and also gives a sense of the Andean conception of gender roles.
There are four major types of ecological zones in the Amazon. Each one has given rise to a way of life adapted to it.
Regions with the greatest linguistic diversity are the regions with the greatest biological diversity.
The Amazon jungle is wild and biodiverse because the humans who have lived in it value the quality and spirit of wildness. They want to keep this wild spirit intact in the gardens.
Amazonian indigenous societies in my experience — and certainly all Andean indigenous societies — are fundamentally based upon reciprocity. Not profit. Profit and reciprocity are fundamentally different values.
For decades, researchers have puzzled over the mystery of the origin of Ayahuasca, especially the question of how the synergy was discovered between the the two components of the brew: the vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) with a monoamine oxidase inhibiting (MAOI) action and the leaf (Psychotria viridis or Diplopterys cabrerana), which requires that MAOI action to make their dimethyltryptamine (DMT) orally active.