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Rainforest Medicine: Preserving Indigenous Science and Biodiversity in the Upper Amazon [Format Kindle]

Jonathon Miller Weisberger , Pablo Amaringo , Thomas Wang , Agustin Payaguaje , Daniel Pinchbeck

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"People interested in indigenous uses of ayahuasca will enjoy reading this book. Author JMW shares what he has seen, heard and experienced during long years spent with indigenous Amazonian people. He discusses the dangers of sorcery even for those who do not believe in it, as well as the importance of keeping quiet about one's visions. He also discusses a jaguar-centered world view, in which jaguar embodies energy, and energy makes up the universe. JMW  shares nugget after nugget of Secoya wisdom about how to work with rainforest medicines. This book is personal rather than academic, and its approach is "kaleidoscopic", but it is packed with knowledge, experience and respect for indigenous cultures. I will recommend it to friends."
—Jeremy Narby, author of The Cosmic Serpent, Anthropologist

"Rainforest Medicine
is a remarkable account from a scholar and experiential adventurer who has devoted more than twenty years of his life, much of the time in the field, to the study of physical and metaphysical realms where plants, nature, and the human imagination merge in the mind of the shaman, the true wizards of the upper Amazon." —Wade Davis, author of One River and Into the Silence, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society

"Rainforest Medicine offers valuable insights into deepening our understanding of the natural world and thereby rediscovering ancient ways of thought that can guide us toward healthy living."
—Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Spontaneous Happiness: A New Path to Emotional Well-Being

"Jonathon Miller Weisberger, or 'Sparrow' as called by his friends, has been dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity, indigenous cultures, and indigenous knowledge in the Northwest Amazon for over twenty years!  His commitment is one fueled by passion, a deep understanding of why all humanity needs the rainforest and a profound respect for traditional ways of knowing. In this book Jonathon shares the spiritual perspectives of healers and traditional elders as well as his own body of experiences, alongside a compilation of the identities and uses of two-hundred-and-one Amazonian medicines. This books jumps off the bookshelf and urges readers to connect straight to the living heart of the rainforest itself. This book undeniably will be appreciated by researchers of Amazonian topics for years to come, as well as anyone concerned about saving the rainforest and being an ally to its peoples."
—Dennis McKenna, Ph.D., ethnopharmacologist, author of The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss: My Life with Terrence McKenna

"Rainforest Medicine carries a timeless message, one that makes evident our essential need—which is to reconnect with nature. This book is an instrument of positive transformation. Highly recommended."
—Graham Hancock, author of Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind

"Rainforest Medicine teaches us a great deal. While holding true to adventure, the journey goes deep into the earth consciousness where the real medicine for all life exists. Weisberger is one of the great ethnobotanists of our time. Even more so, he is without a doubt one of the finest ambassadors for our planet. His story of the Upper Amazon with its amazing medicine plants, people, and oral traditions leaves you wanting to do something—anything—to save this amazing place. He has a gift for evoking a sense of place and purpose, and the characters he meets come alive on the page.  There is little doubt in my mind that Rainforest Medicine is a masterpiece and sets a new standard in ethnobotany and conservation."
—Michael Cottingham, director of Voyage Botanica School of Botanical Medicine

Praise for Jonathon Miller Weisberger's work
 • "[C]ourageous and innovative work. [He is] working to preserve ancient botanical wisdom, not on some dusty bookshelf, but in the hearts of indigenous youths and in the forest itself. This is a bold and crucial step in these times."
—Robert Hass, former United States poet laureate
 • "Presided over by a most benevolent array of plant energies and animal intelligences, leafing and leaping spirits ... like a dark heart of the wave on the sloping strand in wilderness and wonder."
—David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous
 • "Jonathon Miller Weisberger—a 'young Schultes'—is a master with the plants.... He helps you listen to their myriad voices, each a wise voice singing a different part in Nature's chorus."
—Bill Pfeiffer, Sacred Earth Network

Présentation de l'éditeur

Chronicling the practices, legends, and wisdom of the vanishing traditions of the upper Amazon, this book reveals the area's indigenous peoples' approach to living in harmony with the natural world. Rainforest Medicine features in-depth essays on plant-based medicine and indigenous science from four distinct Amazonian societies: deep forest and urban, lowland rainforest and mountain.

The book is illustrated with unique botanical and cultural drawings by Secoya elder and traditional healer Agustin Payaguaje and horticulturalist Thomas Y. Wang as well as by the author himself. Payaguaje shares his sincere imaginal view into the spiritual life of the Secoya; plates of petroglyphs from the sacred valley of Cotundo relate to an ancient language, and other illustrations show traditional Secoya ayahuasca symbols and indigenous origin myths. Two color sections showcase photos of the plants and people of the region, and include plates of previously unpublished full-color paintings by Pablo Cesar Amaringo (1938-2009), an acclaimed Peruvian artist renowned for his intricate, colorful depictions of his visions from drinking the entheogenic plant brew, ayahuasca ("vine of the soul" in Quechua languages).

Today the once-dense mysterious rainforest realms are under assault as the indiscriminate colonial frontier of resource extraction moves across the region; as the forest disappears, the traditional human legacy of sustainable utilization of this rich ecosystem is also being buried under modern realities. With over 20 years experience of ground-level environmental and cultural conservation, author Jonathon Miller Weisberger's commitment to preserving the fascinating, unfathomably precious relics of the indigenous legacy shines through. Chief among these treasures is the "shimmering" "golden" plant-medicine science of ayahuasca or yajé, a rainforest vine that was popularized in the 1950s by Western travelers such as William Burroughs and Alan Ginsberg. It has been sampled, reviled, and celebrated by outsiders ever since.

Currently sought after by many in the industrialized West for its powerful psychotropic and life-transforming effects, this sacred brew is often imbibed by visitors to the upper Amazon and curious seekers in faraway venues, sometimes with little to no working knowledge of its principles and precepts. Perceiving that there is an evident need for in-depth information on ayahuasca if it is to be used beyond its traditional context for healing and spiritual illumination in the future, Miller Weisberger focuses on the fundamental knowledge and practices that guide the use of ayahuasca in indigenous cultures. Weaving first-person narrative with anthropological and ethnobotanical information, Rainforest Medicine aims to preserve both the record and ongoing reality of ayahuasca's unique tradition and, of course, the priceless forest that gave birth to these sacred vines. Featuring words from Amazonian shamans--the living torchbearers of these sophisticated spiritual practices--the book stands as testimony to this sacred plant medicine's power in shaping and healing individuals, communities, and nature alike.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five stars, no doubt about it. 30 novembre 2013
Par Mitch - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Streaming beneath the surface of Weisberger's bobbing, infectious love of the Amazon and its indigenous peoples is a tide of information crucial to Amazonian conservation, and, by extension, human emancipation. A somewhat dauntingly heavy tome upon first inspection, replete as it is with full botanical illustrations and descriptions of the many medicinal plants of the Amazonian pharmacopoeia, curious readers will quickly discover the author's alchemical ability for turning what is definitely prose into something that reads like poetry a true delight. In its exploration of the cultural, ecological and spiritual dimensions of pan-Amazonian indigeneity and the implications of ignoring such tried-and-true perennial wisdoms, Rainforest Medicine asserts itself as a must-read for anyone interested in the future of the planet and its delicate web of life.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Read it!...and then go to the jungle and experience it. :) 18 novembre 2013
Par Tyler J. Thomas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Coming from an enduring and dedicated conservationist, Rainforest Medicine is an amazing journey into the world of shamanism. This book covers a broad spectrum and shows just how special, complex, and valuable these wisdom traditions of the Amazon really are. The author has been working with indigenous tribes in the jungle for most of his life, helping to preserve their lands and their beautiful cultures. This is a very heartfelt and personal account, written from a perspective of great care, respect, and imagination.

Each chapter of Rainforest Medicine covers a different topic and presents new information. It goes into detail about several medicinal plants and their traditional uses. It talks about the destruction of the rainforest and the challenges of trying to preserve these pristine lands in a resource-hungry society. It gives you the ins and outs of shamanic healing and learning as practiced by both tribal and city-dwelling people. And it's full of magical lore and legends, painting a worldview that is rooted in the earth and connected to the heavens. I can't recommend this book highly enough. You will learn a lot while having your imagination pushed and your heartstrings pulled.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Passionate, Profound and Positive! 6 avril 2014
Par Michael - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When I got my copy in the mail, I started reading immediately and before I knew it, several hours had passed. Jonathon is the source of so much wisdom, acquired first hand in the jungles of the Amazon, Costa Rica and Berkeley. ;o) His love for plants, conservation and the world around him is unequaled in my experience and he is well known as an activist who puts his money where his mouth is. His facility on the Osa Peninsula is an amazing place for a gathering. One last note on the author is that his love of Chinese Medicine adds an eclectic edge to his voice...
The book, itself, is an amazing view into indigenous peoples in the Ecuadorean Amazon who are trying to protect a life that is based on principles that are not shared be Western Civilization but ought to be. The fast encroaching "modern" world and what this means for the preservation of the old ways is carefully detailed in this book. The past, future, and present of these peoples and how a vine is entwined with their destiny is given a microscopic, detailed look and in that look, larger concepts of how we treat indigenous people across the entire planet emanate.
Part intense, personal, spiritual journey, part inspiration and part instructional how-to, this book is a labor of love and should be read that way.
It isn't accessible to all but by its nature, it is self-selecting material. If you have found this book, it is because you are looking for knowledge that isn't easy to come by. Be assured that you have found the definitive word on what you are looking for. Buy this book. Buy several copies and spread the word. The words between these covers will change you in the most positive of ways but first you need to look at present reality for context, cry a little, and then roll up your sleeves and dig in.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Beautiful Journey 12 avril 2014
Par Nailah - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As someone that has partaken in several Ayauasca ceremonies and in so found the traditions associated with the plant medicine to be fascinating, illuminating and powerful, Rainforest Medicine has been a beautiful addition in learning more about the medicine, the traditions and in so been a helpful guide at times in my own spiritual journey. I am glad to have a way to delve deeper into the stories and world views of the peoples of the Amazon.

This book is great for those that are curious about Ayauasca and beautiful for those that have experienced the medicine and yearn to understand more deeply from those who have traversed the path for thousands of years. I Highly recommend! Along with being very informative, it is also a pleasurable read full of funny stories and anecdotes. I often just open it up and see where it takes me and am never disappointed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Marginalized Vision of Life 13 janvier 2014
Par Don Hanlon Johnson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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by Don Hanlon Johnson

This is an extraordinary blend of Weisberger's lifelong direct experience of the people of the upper Amazon and their living and endangered skills with plant medicines, with his intellectual background of the linguistics, history, and botany. For the many people who are coming into contact with these traditions here in the US, this is an important book for understanding the depths and intricacies of these wisdom practices. It is also a beautiful book, with radiant photos of this soulful region of the world.
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