Presentation Title

The Use of Psychoactive Plants in Central and South American Shamanic Practices

Presenter Information

Lauren Sommerville

Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Shaman, Spanish

Biography

I am majoring in Spanish with a minor in Religious Studies. Volunteering on an organic farm in Costa Rica really cemented my interest in Latin American cultures and the benefits of living in a less materialistic way. I have always been fascinated by ancient techniques of healing and the beliefs of indigenous cultures around the world.

Major

Spanish

Advisor for this project

Ida Day

Start Date

22-4-2021 12:15 PM

Abstract

My presentation will compare the various psychoactive plants used by shamans in Central and South America. I will explain how the different effects of these plants aid in helping the shaman heal people, both physically and mentally. I will focus primarily on firsthand accounts of the shamans and their patients and also discuss how modern day medicine is beginning to realize the benefits of using these plants.

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Apr 22nd, 12:15 PM

The Use of Psychoactive Plants in Central and South American Shamanic Practices

My presentation will compare the various psychoactive plants used by shamans in Central and South America. I will explain how the different effects of these plants aid in helping the shaman heal people, both physically and mentally. I will focus primarily on firsthand accounts of the shamans and their patients and also discuss how modern day medicine is beginning to realize the benefits of using these plants.