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Chapter 3. Rituals
Religious rituals and healing ceremonies of the Yabahuaca tribe can't go without the hallucinogenic brew called ayahuasca, which means “liana of the souls” in Quechua. It's also made out of vine, more specifically Banisteriopsis caapi, which contains harmine and harmaline. these substances alone have hallucinogenic properties, but to access the full power of ayahuasca other ingredients are added: other vine, Diplopterys cabrerana, with an equally high amount of psychedelics, leaves of the Psychotria Viridis shurb, and several other species characteristic of South America. There is no one, determined recipe, which is why both the proportions and the used ingredients are chosen individually by each shaman. For the same reason the effect of the mixture can vary dramatically.
Details notwithstanding, the basis of the brew is always the Banisteriopsis caapi vine. First, it has to be cleaned and softened by pounding with wooden mallets until thin fibers remain. Plant ,material acquired this way is then put in a small cauldron of water and boiled over a fire. In the meantime brews made out of other ingredients are prepared, each in a separate pot. Next, all brews are placed in one pot and boiled again until most of the water evaporates.
The preparation of the brew normally takes all day, and the ceremony during which it is taken lasts all night. Ayahuasca is to be taken only in the presence of a shaman, who also serves as a guide. The effect of psychedelic substances usually last several hours. In that time, the participants of the ceremony experience a spiritual revelation. Amazing visions show them the purpose and true nature of the cosmos, and the reason for their existence. Many people who have taken ayahuasca say that they experienced a complete transformation and they intend to use the acquired secret knowledge to become a new, better human being. Few people have a bad reaction to the psychedelics and suffer from nightmares or even hellish visions. For most, it's a way to go through a deep religious experience and get closer to the mysteries of nature.
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