New book on Amazonian shamanism

Steve Beyer, a former professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and California, Berkeley, author of several books on Tibetan Buddhism, and longtime researcher of entheogenic plants, has written a new book on ayahuasca shamanism, sorcery, and plant medicine — Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon — which will be published in October by the University of New Mexico Press. Singing to the Plants sets forth, in accessible form, just what this shamanism is about — what happens at an ayahuasca healing ceremony, how the apprentice shaman forms a spiritual relationship with the healing plant spirits, how sorcerers inflict the harm that the shaman heals, and the ways that plants are used in healing, love magic, and sorcery.
The website for the book is at and incorporates the entire earlier Singing to the Plants blog. There is also a Facebook group.

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