Several books and articles have contributed to my understanding of ayahuasca shamanism and the profound transformations that are taking place.
First I would like to mention the outstanding monograph Singing to the Plants, by Stephan Beyer (The University of New Mexico Press). It is an exhaustive and enjoyable book that I have used to shed light on my own findings.
Works by Beatriz Caiuby Labate are also exceptional. First, her Ph.D. Thesis, Ayahuasca Mamancuna Merci Beaucoup: Internacionalização e Diversificação do Vegetalismo Ayahuasqueiro Peruano. Labate has also co-edited several volumes that compile articles of different authors. In The Internationalization of Ayahuasca (LIT-Verlag) , co-edited with Henrik Jungaberle, I would like to recommend the article by Bernd Brabec de Mori, Tracing Hallucinations: Contributing to a Critical Ethnohistory of Ayahuasca Usage in the Peruvian Amazon, that questions the supposed millenarian usage of ayahuasca throughout the Amazonia. Also coedited by Labate, in this case with Clancy Cavnar, is the volume Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond. Among all the articles included, I would like to stress Françoise Barbira Freedman’s Shamans’ Network in Western Amazonia, Evgenia Foutiou’s On the Uneasiness of Tourism, and Labate’s The Internationalization of Peruvian Vegetalismo.
Also, about the origin of ayahuasca usage and its expansion I would like to mention Gayle Highpine’s, Unraveling the mystery of the origin of ayahuasca.
I would like to thank my colleagues in the Ayahuasca Researchers group, for the enriching debates and exchanges that take place via the internet, that have been a major contribution in forming my own ideas of this fascinating world.
Finally, in order to understand the dynamics of societies that occupy the Amazon forest, my bedside book is Swiss anthorpologist Jürg Gasché’s Sociedad Bosquesina, an essential work. And if you want to find out what is Monster Vorāx up to, I recommend you to take a look at this web page: www.raisg.socioambiental.org.