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The Psychedelic Journey of Marlene Dobkin de Rios: 45 Years with Shamans, Ayahuasqueros, and Ethnobotanists

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Marlene Dobkin de Rios has conducted extensive field studies in the use of ayahuasca in Peru and the Amazon, focusing on its use in the treatment of psychological and emotional disorders. She also examines altered states of consciousness that are experienced using biofeedback and hypnosis. Table of Contents: Foreword "by...

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Marlene Dobkin de Rios has conducted extensive field studies in the use of ayahuasca in Peru and the Amazon, focusing on its use in the treatment of psychological and emotional disorders. She also examines altered states of consciousness that are experienced using biofeedback and hypnosis.
Table of Contents:
Foreword "by Wade Davis"
Introduction
"Part One
An Overview of My Anthropological Life "
1 Salas: Capital of Witchcraft
2 Belen and the Amazon
3 The 1970s
4 The 1980s
5 The 1990s
6 The Millennium
"Part Two
Psychedelic Research Summaries "
7 Theoretical Approaches to Psychedelic Research
Man, Culture, and Hallucinogens
Shamanism, Ontology, and Human Evolution
The Function of Drug Rituals in Human Society
Hallucinogens: A Cross-cultural Perspective
Entheogens: A New Terminology
Women and Hallucinogens
8 Psychedelics and Ethnographies
Australian Aborigines
New Guinea Mushroom Users
The Fang of Northwestern Equatorial Africa
The Aztecs of Mexico
The Incas
Salas: An Ethnography
Adolescent Drug Use from a Cross-cultural Perspective
Hallucinogens, Suggestibility, and Adolescence from a Cross-cultural Perspective
Tobacco and Shamanism in South America
9 Psychedelics in the Archaeological Record
Psychedelic Folk Healing in Peru: Continuity and Change
Plant Hallucinogens and the Moche Religion
Plant Hallucinogens, Sexuality, and the Ceramic Art of the Moche and Nazca
Out-of-Body Experiences and New World Monumental Earthworks
The Maya and the Water Lily
10 Psychedelics and Healing
Socioeconomic Characteristics of an Amazon Urban Healer's Clientele
The Vidente Phenomenon in Third World Traditional Healing
Saladera: A Culture-Bound Misfortune Syndrome in the Peruvian Amazon
Paranoia and "Banisteriopsis" in Witchcraft and Healing in Iquitos, Peru
What We Can Learn from Shamanic Healing Ayahuasca and Tobacco Smoke: Healing or Harmful?
Ketamine Use in a Burn Center: Hallucinogen or Debridement Facilitator?
11 Psychedelics, Art, Music, and Creativity
Hallucinogenic Ritual as Theater
Hallucinogenic Music: The Jungle Gym in Consciousness
LSD, Spirituality, and the Creative Process
Ecstasy: In and About Altered States
12 Psychedelics and the Uniao do Vegetal Church
Ayahuasca Use from a Cross-cultural Perspective
Hallucinogens and Redemption
13 Psychedelics and Drug Tourism
Mea Culpa: Drug Tourism and the Anthropologist's Responsibility
A Hallucinogenic Tea Laced with Controversy
Epilogue
Glossary
Published Works of Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Ph.D.
Bibliography
Index

Biographical Note:
Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Ph.D. (1939-2012), was a medical anthropologist, associate clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and professor emerita of anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, where she taught cultural anthropology from 1969-2000. She is the author of seven books and several hundred professional articles.

Jacket Description/Back:
ENTHEOGENS / SHAMANISM "In her new book, Marlene Dobkin de Rios summarizes her experiences and observations from forty-plus years of research in this field. The book is a treasure trove of information on the use of visionary plants in ancient and native cultures of South and Central America. Of special interest are the passages discussing the increasingly influential ayahuasca rituals and the effects of LSD and ayahuasca on creativity and artistic expression. This book will be of great interest not only for scholars and researchers but also for large audiences of laypeople interested in consciousness and spirituality." --Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of Beyond the Brain, Psychology of the Future, The Cosmic Genius, and Spiritual Emergency "An informative, insightful, and colorful journey with one of the founders of the modern anthropology of hallucinogens. Dobkin de Rios's work has influenced the mind-set of all those who seek understanding through indigenous cultures' use of psychoactive plants. This is a valuable academic resource as well as a moving autobiographical account." --Rick Strassman, M.D., author of DMT: The Spirit Molecule and clinical associate professor of psychiatry, University of New Mexico School of Medicine Ayahuasca is an alkaloid-rich psychoactive concoction indigenous to South America that has been employed by shamans for millennia as a spirit drug for divinatory and healing purposes. Although the late Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes was credited in the early 1950s as being the first to document the use of ayahuasca, other researchers, such as the distinguished anthropologist Marlene Dobkin de Rios, were responsible for furthering his findings and uncovering the curative capabilities of this amazing compound. The Psychedelic Journey of Marlene Dobkin de Rios presents the accumulated experience of de Rios's 45 years of pioneering field studies in the area of hallucinogens in Peru and the Amazon. Her investigation into ayahuasca--which she undertook in collaboration with more than a dozen traditional mestizo folk curanderos, shamans, and fellow ethnobotanists--focuses on the use of this revolutionary plant in the treatment of recalcitrant psychological and emotional disorders. She also shares some of her theories that prove that the ancient Maya used psychedelic plants as part of their religious rituals, thereby demonstrating the impact of plant psychedelics on human prehistory. In addition, Dobkin de Rios examines altered states of consciousness derived from the use of biofeedback and hypnosis and discusses her current work on the deleterious effects of drug tourism in the Amazon. MARLENE DOBKIN de RIOS, Ph.D., is a medical anthropologist, associate clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and professor emerita of anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, where she taught cultural anthropology from 1969-2000. She is the author of seven books and several hundred professional articles.

Review Quotes:
"De Rios writes in a very accessible, easy style that even a novice in the field--like myself--can understand. . . . For anyone following a more shamanic path, I'm sure that de Rios's insights in the field of ethnobotany and how native healers around the world use those plants will be of great value to their personal spiritual practice."

Review Quotes:
"It is of interest to those who share her enthusiasm with hallucinogens and everyone interested in the discipline's earlier history."

Review Quotes:
"An informative, insightful, and colorful journey with one of the founders of the modern anthropology of hallucinogens. Dobkin de Rios's work has influenced the mind-set of all those who seek understanding through indigenous cultures' use of psychoactive plants. This is a valuable academic resource as well as a moving autobiographical account."

Review Quotes:
"Dobkin de Rios is one of the few professional anthropologists who has had the courage to describe her personal experiences with psychedelics. Hers is a compelling story about how direct experience resulted in both wisdom and discernment."

Review Quotes:
"In her new book, Marlene Dobkin de Rios summarizes her experiences and observations from forty-plus years of research in this field. The book is a treasure trove of information on the use of visionary plants in ancient and native cultures of South and Central America. Of special interest are the passages discussing the increasingly influential ayahuasca rituals and the effects of LSD and ayahuasca on creativity and artistic expression. This book will be of great interest not only for scholars and researchers but also for large audiences of laypeople interested in consciousness and spirituality."

Review Quotes:
"This academic resource is a journey in itself. One of the first medical anthropologists to explore hallucinogens, de RIOS furthered findings by the late Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans, who documented the use of ayahuasca (Diplopterys cabrerana) in the 1950s. In this book she summarizes her forty years of research on visionary plants of Peru, the Amazon, and the Mayans. She moves gracefully from autobiographical anecdotes to scholarly information in a readable story line."

Review Quotes:
"This book describes the life and work of one of anthropology's premier border-crossers. Marlene Dobkin de Rios was one of the first to postulate that hallucinogenic substances played an integral part in the development of many aspects of human culture and has clearly and forcefully distinguished between the constructive and the destructive uses of these substances. She has built bridges between anthropology and psychology, theory and practice, and traditional and modern cultures. Over the course of her adventurous life, she has learned love magic from women concerned about her then single status, used fortune-telling cards as an ethnographic research method, and counseled burn victims and other traumatized individuals using insights gleaned from her studies of shamanism. A fascinating book about a fascinating individual."
A look inside almost half a century of pioneering research in the Amazon and Peru by a noted anthropologist studying hallucinogens, including ayahuasca
- Reveals how ayahuasca successfully treats psychological and emotional disorders
- Examines adolescent drug use from a cross-cultural perspective
- Discusses the deleterious effects of drug tourism in the Amazon
Ayahuasca is an alkaloid-rich psychoactive concoction indigenous to South America that has been employed by shamans for millennia as a spirit drug for divinatory and healing purposes. Although the late Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes was credited in the early 1950s as being the first to document the use of ayahuasca, other researchers, such as the distinguished anthropologist Marlene Dobkin de Rios, were responsible for furthering his findings and uncovering the curative capabilities of this amazing compound.
"The Psychedelic Journey of Marlene Dobkin de Rios" presents the accumulated experience of de Rios's 45 years of pioneering field studies in the area of hallucinogens in Peru and the Amazon. Her investigation into ayahuasca--which she undertook in collaboration with more than a dozen traditional Mestizo folk curanderos, shamans, and fellow ethnobotanists--focuses on the use of this revolutionary plant in the treatment of recalcitrant psychological and emotional disorders. She also shares some of her theories that prove that the ancient Maya used psychedelic plants as part of their religious rituals, thereby demonstrating the impact of plant psychedelics on human prehistory. In addition, Dobkin de Rios examines altered states of consciousness derived from the use of biofeedback and hypnosis and discusses her current work on the deleterious effects of drug tourism in the Amazon.

Contributor Bio: De Rios, Marlene Dobkin
Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Ph.D. (1939-2012), was a medical anthropologist, associate clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and professor emerita of anthropology at California State University, Fullerton, where she taught cultural anthropology from 1969-2000. A former Fulbright scholar, she was the author of several hundred professional articles and eight books, including "The Psychedelic Journey of Marlene Dobkin de Rios".

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