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Ayahuasca Ceremonies - How Do They Differ?

There are different ways of performing an ayahuasca ceremony. Some are more modern and others are steeped in ancient traditions. The traditional Peruvian ceremony is much less of a ritual than what is believed by the western world. Nowadays Peruvian ceremonies largely consist of placing ayahuasca in a glass and drinking it. They may place the ayahuasca in the bottle and verbalize their intentions before drinking, with little to no ritual beyond this. Some may blow tobacco smoke over the medicine, or on the participant themselves. Traditionally the curandero (the Shaman) will be the only one drinking the ayahuasca. Traditionally, the patient wouldn’t ingest the liquid. Nowadays, affected by the increasing interest from the west, people have started paying closer...

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