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"The spirit of ayahuasca": de kognitiva grunderna i erfarenheten av substansen ayahuasca: en fältstudie genomförd i Pisac, Peru
University of Gävle, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ämnesavdelningen för kultur- och religionsvetenskap.
2010 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay aims at understanding the experience of the use of ayahuasca, and similarities and differences between interview protocols and socio-cultural identities. The work is based on field studies conducted in the Peruvian Andes, in the village of Pisac September to November 2009. What has emerged is that the experience does not seem to be dependent on cultural manifestations as much as it is dependent on general human cognition. Theories have been applied on an empirical phenomenological descriptive study. Various brain activities, along with mental mechanisms contribute to a deeper understanding of the findings in the descriptive analysis.

It seems that the cultural differences, which I have classed as typological in the phenomenological study, mostly are expressions of meaning for the informants. Furthermore, I have argued that the typical mystical experience, or if you like religious experience, is an essentially biological phenomenon related to episodic memory dealing with experiences. The typological characteristics are products of the semantic memory and these characteristics are primarily linguistic and cultural phenomena. The socio-cultural identities express the basic experience of Ayahuasca and altered states of consciousness in fundamentally similar ways, because both groups share the same human cognition. Regarding these cognitive mechanisms, I have also argued that there are mechanisms such as ”Theory of mind” and ”Active detection device” which have been active in the experiences of ayahuasca.

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2010. , p. 92
Keywords [en]
fieldwork, Peru, ayahuasca, Pisac, altered states of consciousness, science of the mind, cognition, cognitive psychology, phenomenology, perception, vision, meaning, mysticism, drugs, druginduced experiences
Keywords [sv]
religionsantropologi, fältarbete, Peru, ayahuasca, Pisac, förändrade medvetandetillstånd, medvetandeforskning, kognition, kognitiv psykologi, fenomenologi, perception, vision, meningsskapande, mystik, droger, droginducerade upplevelser
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Humanities Religious Studies History of Religions Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-6345Archive number: HRV:D10:1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-6345DiVA, id: diva2:292643
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Available from: 2010-04-18 Created: 2010-02-08 Last updated: 2010-04-18Bibliographically approved

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