These field recordings were made by the anthropologist Michael Taussig in the 1970s and '80s in the Colombian Putumayo region of the Amazon. They capture the Indian shaman Santiago Mutumbajoy's healing sessions, during which his subjects experienced powerful visions after ingesting the hallucinogenic drug yage. The everyday ambient sounds of the jungle are much in evidence, as its teeming life noisily continues around the participants. These include Taussig himself, who, with varying degrees of success, attempts to recount the drug's effects while still under its influence. These recordings offer a fascinating window into the opaque world of shamanism.
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