Shamanism is, in Amazonian cultures, one of the most recognizable signs of identity. Its practice implies the inter-action of community practices with the personal experience of the participants in expanded states of consciousness. The Secoya of the Upper Amazon make the ritual of shamanism an opportunity to re-actualize the myths of origin and strengthen the bonds of belonging. We offer the transcription of a personal testimony and explain its particularities, relating the individual experience of a yajé drinker with the historicity of the community to which he belongs.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Return of the Shaman. Historicity and Myth among the Secoya of the Ecuadorian High Amazon|
|Original language||Spanish (Ecuador)|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - 30 Mar 2018|
- Pueblo secoya
CACES Knowledge Areas
- 222A History and Archaeology