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“This book presents a great deal of very useful information about the Brazilian ayahuasca churces, as well as an exhaustive bibliography of the literature on ayahuasca in multiple languages. This material should be of great interest to all who are interested in these unusual religious movements which are based on a powerful plant hallucinogen, with strong healing, therapeutic and spiritually significant effects. A wonderful resource and contribution.”

Ralph Metzner, PhD, author of Ayahuasca – Sacred Vine of Spirits.

“Ayahuasca Religions: A Comprehensive Bibliography and Critical Essays is the most extensive compilation of information available to date on the studies on the ayahuasca religions´ in Brazil and around the world. This book systematizes the various research projects around the topics of history of the religions, biomedical investigations into their effects, and the contemporary dynamics. This is an essential reference work for anyone interested in these internationalizing religious traditions.”

Michael Winkelman, PhD, Associate Professor in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change Arizona State University, co-editor of Psychedelic Medicine and co-author of Supernatural as Natural.

“Ayahuasca is a complex topic, and most articles on this topic have been published in obscure sources, over hundreds of years and in many different languages. This book by Labate et al. promises to offer a comprehensive guide to the world’s disparate literature on ayahuasca religions, and with commentary that is not from a North America/European perspective, which is much needed for this interesting and emergent phenomenon from South America.”

Jace Callaway – Ph.D., Departments of Neurobiology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Kuopio, Finland.

“Easy to read, concise, and multi-disciplinary, Ayahuasca Religions: A Comprehensive Bibliography and Critical Essays is an admirable book and a valuable tool for those interested in contemporary ayahuasca uses. Packed with information and knowledge, it suggests numerous leads to follow. It marshals the literature with an internationalist spirit, and also provides a precious historical perspective on a complex phenomenon. People interested in ayahuasca will gain from using this book.”

Jeremy Narby, anthropologist, author of The cosmic serpent, DNA and the origins of knowledge and Intelligence in nature, and co-editor with Francis Huxley of Shamans through time.

“Bia Labate and colleagues have compiled a comprehensive review of the world anthropological and clinical literature on ayahuasca. For investigators interested in exploring the fascinating field of ayahuasca studies, this book is a valuable source for our current understanding of the effects of this mysterious vine.”

Charles Grob – Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, UCLA School of Medicine and editor of Hallucinogens: A Reader and co-editor (with Roger Walsh) of Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics.