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Ayahuasca’s attractions and distractions: examining sexual seduction in shaman-participant interactions

Peluso, Daniela M. (2014) Ayahuasca’s attractions and distractions: examining sexual seduction in shaman-participant interactions. In: Labate, Beatriz C. and Cavnar, Clancy, eds. Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond. Oxford University Press, pp. 231-255. ISBN 978-0-19-934120-7. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article will provide an overview of the predicaments of ayahuasca tourism in a regional Amazonian capital, Puerto Maldonado, Peru and its environs, as a contribution toward understanding how ayahuasca tourism is a rapidly growing set of enterprises in which participants and shamans become global tourists or visitors within their own towns, countries or abroad in an explosion of diverse encounters. Within these transnational settings, the paper examines the relationships between sex, seduction, and gendered power relations in the context of ayahuasca rituals in historical, symbolic, and practical terms. Through an analysis of local and global narratives, the paper also engages with Amerindian epistemologies and theories of perspectivism, countertransference, and “the male gaze” to examine local concerns and interactions between shamans, their apprentices, and ayahuasca participants, and how they variably position themselves as authorities, intermediaries, and gendered individuals. As such, the adoption and reinvention of ayahuasca rituals in its various forms within new encounters is part of the ongoing challenges that ayahuasca usage and practices face.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: ayhuasca, gender, tourism, seduction, shamanism
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Daniela Peluso
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2013 16:12 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 11:34 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/37177 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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