Reanne Crane

University of Kent Myopic Metaphors in Mind In my paper, I critique the ubiquity of the term ‘ineffable’. I do not dispute that religious experiences/psychedelic states of consciousness are incompatible with ‘normal’ rhetoric. However, it seems that ‘ineffable’ has become

Marleen Thaler

University of Vienna Psychedelic kuṇḍalinī. The interrelation of kuṇḍalinī and DMT Since Sir John Woodroffe has published his book The Serpent Power (1919), the notion of kuṇḍalinī, the rising serpent, has experienced dissemination and popularization throughout the Anglo-American world and

Karl Baier

University of Vienna Inebriation and Mysticism within Oriental and Occidental Cultures. A critical Appraisal of Rudolf Gelpke’s Comparative Approach. Rudolf Gelpke (1928-1972) was a Swiss scholar of Islamic studies and a drug researcher. He belonged to the circle of early

Helle Kaasik

University of Tartu Ayahuasca: substance, medicine, sacrament and a sacred being Ayahuasca is a psychoactive medicinal and sacred brew made from Amazonian vine Banisteriopsis caapi, often with plants containing psychedelic N,N-dimethyltryptamine. Indigenous people of Amazonian rainforests drink ayahuasca in ceremonies

Lucie Vinšová

Masaryk University SINGING THE PATHS OF PLANTS: Drug Induced Perceptional Shifts in the Shapeshifting Shamanic Ritual Practices of the Selected South American Tribes: Language, Cosmological and Biological Aspects For my comparative research, I selected a few South American communities inhabiting

Robert Dickins

Queen Mary, University of London Reconfiguring Christian Experience with LSD The emergence of the Psychology of Religion in the work of philosopher William James was in part predicated on his experiences with psychoactive substances, particularly nitrous oxide and mescaline. Placing