Vidal Jaquehua: Such tradtions need to be respected and understood. (Photo: WikiCommons)
This article was originally published by: Peru this Week, May 20, 2016
Ayahuasca is a brew that comes from a vine and once was only used in spiritual ceremonies however, with ayahuasca ceremonies being commercialized the traditions are somewhat changing.
Ayahuasca tourism has become increasingly popular over the past years, especially to outsiders such as Americans and Europeans. The reason why there has been a surge in people looking for this kind of thing is because some tourists do not just go to take ayahuasca to experience a spiritual awakening but just for the sake of getting intoxicated. However, this ceremony was originally used by the indigenous people of the jungle as an act of spiritual healing.
This has caused many people to start opening ayahuasca retreats used to attract tourists throughout Peru and…