Santo Daime: the drug-fuelled religion

Santo Daime: the drug-fuelled religionA new religion is spreading to Britain - its central sacrament the consumption of a hallucinogenic Class A drug. Here's a report from the faith's heartland in the rainforests of the Amazon

Amazonian art exhibit illuminates vanishing worlds

Amazonian art exhibit illuminates vanishing worldsIn a way, ritual objects from indigenous Amazonian tribes may seem out of place in a museum.
After ceremonies are performed, it is expected that the elaborate feathered headdresses, ghostly masks and colorful body costumes in "Vanishing Worlds: Art and Ritual in Amazonia" wither away in the heat and humidity of the rain forest.

Ayahuasca: A Strange Brew

Ayahuasca: A Strange BrewCan a psychotropic jungle potion cure the existential angst of the McMansion set?

In an affluent corner of encinitas, just north of San Diego, a young medicine man named Lobo Siete Truenos sits cross-legged on the polished wood floors of a backyard temple. Here in this suburban sanctuary, behind the gates of a faux-Spanish villa, just past the manicured lawn and an artificial lagoon,...

On a Remote Path to Cures

On a Remote Path to CuresNINACACA, Peru — High in the Peruvian Andes, a shaman rubs a fluffy white rabbit all over Chris Kilham’s body, murmuring in Quechua, the language of these barren plains. Then she slits the animal’s throat and lets the blood run into a tiny grave.
To Mr. Kilham, the offering — an appeal to the gods for a bountiful harvest of maca, a local tuber — is just another day at the office.

Return of shaman's mask magical to King islanders

Return of shamanFour decades after it was abandoned, King Island holds an almost mystical pull for former residents and their offspring, its crumbling homes still perched eerily high on stilts, clinging to the steep, rocky face of an unforgiving terrain.
Until recently, little else remained of the Inupiat Eskimo village that wasn't held in traditions and memories or unknown collections and museums across the nation.