"Whatever you want to believe': kaleidoscopic individualism and ayahuasca healing in Australia

Gearin, Alex K. (2015) "Whatever you want to believe': kaleidoscopic individualism and ayahuasca healing in Australia. Australian Journal of Anthropology, 26 3: 442-455. doi:10.1111/taja.12143


Author Gearin, Alex K.
Title "Whatever you want to believe': kaleidoscopic individualism and ayahuasca healing in Australia
Journal name Australian Journal of Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-8811
1757-6547
Publication date 2015-12
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/taja.12143
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 26
Issue 3
Start page 442
End page 455
Total pages 14
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Over the last fifteen years the use of the indigenous Amazonian psychoactive beverage ayahuasca has been reimagined in alternative healing circles of Western countries. This paper explores the practice of ayahuasca neoshamanism in Australia and examines ways in which acts of vomiting and ecstatic trance-visions involve heightened affective states and moral projects of healing. Aspects of everyday life are purged, rearticulated, and reconstituted in rituals where codes of conduct and discursive exchange encourage practices of personal evaluation and reflexivity that appear to index ideologies of individualism. Through exploring social and discursive prohibitions and forms of sensory organisation, the practice of drinking ayahuasca in Australia is shown to be constituted by ritual conventions that define the individual as autonomous and responsible in relation to ecstatic trance and articulations of wellbeing.
Keyword Ayahuasca
Individualism
Morality
Sensory
Healing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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