Ayahuasca in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru Rainforest

The present study aims to explore the conceptions of health in a group of shamans from the Peruvian jungle. The participants were two women and eight men from the cities of Pucallpa, Tarapoto and Iquitos. We worked from the qualitative methodology and we conducted interviews in order to collect and analyze the information. We found that their conception of health includes the following dimensions: spiritual, emotional, corporal, mental and relationships. The spirituality stands out as a transversal element that goes within the understanding and the practical experience of the shamans in the health field. In addition, the body enhances as the main object of intervention. This multidimensional point of view expresses the integral conception that the shamans have about health, and that includes all dimensions of the human being.

Keywords: health, shamans, spirituality.

The observation of indigenous societies in the Amazonia give us a firm basis to make precisions about the anthropology of tourism, understood as a guided, organized and anchored glance at exotic representation and cultural consumption.

KEY WORDS: Cultural tourism, Ecotourism, Exoticism, Representation, Peruvian Amazon jungle, Shipibos.

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