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Rainforest Medicine Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity in the Upper Amazon

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ISBN-10: 158394608X

ISBN-13: 9781583946084

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jonathon Miller Weisberger, Daniel Pinchbeck, Pablo Amaringo, Thomas Wang, Augustin Payaguaje

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Chronicling the practices, legends, and wisdom of the vanishing traditions of the upper Amazon, this book reveals the area's indigenous peoples' approach to living in harmony with the natural world.Rainforest Medicinefeatures in-depth essays on plant-based medicine and indigenous science from four distinct Amazonian societies: deep forest and urban, lowland rainforest and mountain. The book is illustrated with unique botanical and cultural drawings by Patricia Escobar and San Francisco Botanical Garden curator Thomas Y. Wang as well as by the author himself. Two color sections showcase photos of the plants and people of the region, and include plates of previously unpublished full-color…    
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 9/17/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.06" wide x 8.98" long x 1.22" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Author's Preface
Introduction to Indigenous Science in the Upper Amazon
A Celestial University
A Unified Worldview and Way of Being
Good Masters Are Hard to Find
A Show of Power
Obtaining Healing Plants from the Celestial Realm
More Mysterious Affirmations from the Yag�
Meeting the Chiefs of the Animals
Raising and Lowering the Mythic Underworld Nets
Cloth, Thread, and Needles from the Crab Jaguar's Store
The Future of Ayahuasca
Degradation of the Spiritual Science: Sorcery and Superstition
No Tolerance for Sorcery
Cleansing Temptations of Sorcery on the Sun Canoe, a Secoya Practice
Perils and Pitfalls on the Path of Shamanism
Reining in Sorcery
The Gift of Ayahuasca
Various Approaches to Ayahuasca and Yag�
Important Differences in the Consumption of Ayahuasca and Yag�
The Meaning of the Names Ayahuasca and Yag�
A Medicine Capable of Inspecting the Innermost Vibrations of Mind
Origins of Ayahuasca
Elements of the Experience
Sacred Songs of the Medicine
Yag� Toy�: Designs of the Visionary Realms
The Ceremony of Yag�
Cultivating the Sacred Within
La Dieta: For Purification and Spiritual Mastery
Preparing a Proper Brew
Sourcing and Harvesting Ayahuasca
Cooking the Plants into a Sacred Drink
The Celestial Summer of the Cicadas
Meeting the Cicada People
Downy Cicada Jaguar, Diety of the Southern Cross
Two Frogs in the Learning of the Tradition
Sacred Plant-Based Technologies of the Celestial Summer
About the Secoya, People of the Multicolored River
Fulfilling the Dream of a Yag� Drinker to Reclaim Ancestral Lands
Sharing the Oral Tradition from a Jaguar-Centered Worldview
The Deep-Forest Perspective of the Waorani
Me�eiriwempo: Protector Deity of the Waorani People
Songs of Hidden People
Two Waorani Set the Clouds on Fire
Insights into the First Contact
The Right of Non-Contact
The Origin of Those Who Ate Their Father
The Good Way of the Ancestors
Working on the Demarcation of Waorani Territory
Village Life
Becoming an Iroinga
Origin Myth of the First Miiyabu
The Subtle Use of Miiyabu
The Eyebrows of the Andes
The Perspectives of the Condor and King Vulture
The Tropical Wet Forest: A Conservation Priority
Napo-Galeras: The End of the World Jaguar Mountain
Lessons of the Mountain: Powerful Spirits and Places
Unkiyabe: Galeras Mountain in Waorani Tradition
Jaicunti: Galeras Mountain in Secoya Tradition
Modern-Day Adventures in Caretaking a Sacred Mountain
Establishing and Protecting Napo-Galeras National Park
Wairachina Sacha, Rainforest of the Purifying Winds
Lineage Holders of the Ancient Traditions, Deep Forest and Urban
Urban Ayahuasqueros of Peru
Don Casimiro Mamallacta, Seventh-Generation Keeper of a Sacred Mountain
Amazanga Community
Stories of the Old Waorani Warriors
Torchbearers in the Darkness
About the Author and Contributors