- Paperback: 444 pages
- Publisher: Icaro Publishing (May 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098064870X
- ISBN-13: 978-0980648706
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,887,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aya: a shamanic odyssey Paperback – May 1, 2009
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His journey is comprehensive: anybody interested in occultism and sympathetic magic will find this invaluable. Razam communicates with plant consciousnesses, giving much credence to the theories of scientists like Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose. Likewise, anybody interested in the effect of globalization on traditional Peruvian life will gain much. But what is really new in this account is the appearance of the new 'spiritual tourist' culture that is growing in the West and flowing to the Amazon to find the vine, to reconnect with something sacred. It began with lone explorers like Terrance and Dennis Mckenna in the '60s, but has grown into an international (though informal) movement.
Rak Razam is one of the heroes of this movement. This book will change many people's view of reality.
Mr. Razam had no experience with plant medicines before he began his odyssey, and this is both refreshing and problematic in the text. It was at times thrilling to read his account of first time experiences with different plants, and at the same time, his naiveté is evident when talking about various so-called shamans and curanderos that he met. He shows a lack of critical judgment and boyish enthusiasm, which, while appropriate to his experience and circumstances, might lead an inexperienced reader down a similar naïve and sometimes dangerous path. Iquitos presently (2010) is a den of liars and thieves, where almost everyone is a "shaman" out to get the gringo cash available from the wave of young Western adventurers that are descending on Peru for spiritual knowledge. Reading this book would be a good first step in one's travels to Iquitos, but it would not be appropriate to use as a guide to find a place to go to partake of powerful plant medicines.
In the end, I enjoyed reading about Mr. Razam's adventures. Though flawed, I would recommend this book for anyone interested in plant medicines or planning a trip to the South American Amazon for spiritual purposes.