Ayahuasca: tradition versus tourism
The ayahuasca tourist in search of a deep cosmic insight often fails to understand the importance of the cultural context in which the… [plants are] used.
This parallels with the European discovery of tobacco in the sixteenth century; an attitude of disregard and criticism of the intended herbal ritualistic use. The traditional uses of tobacco are comparable with the indigenous uses of the ayahuasca plant; ceremonial, ritualistic, and medicinal. When the herb’s psychedelic properties were separated from it’s spiritual properties it was able to assimilate into European society, evolving into the addictive substance it remains as today.