American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A hallucinogenic brew made from the bark and stems of a tropical South American vine of the genus Banisteriopsis, especially B. caapi, mixed with other psychotropic plants, used especially in shamanistic rituals by certain Amazonian Indian peoples.
- From Spanish, from Quechua ayawasca, from aya ‘spirit, ancestor’ + wasca ‘vine’. (Wiktionary)
- American Spanish, from Quechua, rope of the dead, narcotic : aya, corpse + huasca, rope. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For better or worse, there are ample byproducts of drug culture's intellect, including, according to Israeli researchers, the Old Testament, where the drug in a popular drink of the time called ayahuasca induced "the seeing of light and profound religious and spiritual feelings.”
“At the conference many papers dealt with a visionary drug called ayahuasca, a harsh-tasting thick infusion often made by boiling Banisteriopsis caapi vine and Psychotria viridis leaves.”
“I have another one for you - In the Amazon Basin the people use an herbal concoction known as ayahuasca or yage to have visions.”
“In contrast, as vividly described in his penultimate chapter, he samples a South American hallucinogenic mixture known as ayahuasca and is pretty much flattened by the experience.”
“The church, while nominally Christian, is the home of a syncretic religious group that uses as its core sacrament an ancient medicine derived from plant materials known as ayahuasca, and it is said to induce extraordinary and profound visions.”
“In 1932, at the age of fourteen, Gomez was given the herbal hallucinogenic drink called ayahuasca by local shamans in order to recover his strength following a period of illness.”
“At the conference many papers dealt with a visionary drug called ayahuasca, a harsh-tasting thick infusion often made by boiling”
“Researchers are studying a plant called ayahuasca, and chacruna from the Peruvian rain forest that may one day treat a variety of ailments, including”
“Aiming to do this in "a safe and ancient place," Elenbaas ventured to Peru, where the plant-based hallucinogenic brews known as ayahuasca are shared as sacraments in tribal rituals.”
“It's also got loads of great historical footage from the early research but also talks to the new generation of researchers looking at compounds such as ayahuasca and ibogaine, who are now the senior figures in this growing area.”
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