University of Bergen

Entheogens and Communitas

The role of the entheogens since the first major boom in the sixties is strongly anti-structural in the turnerian sense. Victor Turner’s theories got their final shape during the sixties and are both child of their time, but also a natural tool for understanding some aspects of the use of entheogens. My thesis is basically that entheogens produce anti-structural experience “on command”, which explains a number of phenomena spontaneously appearing in connection with their usage: their roles in initiation-like settings, as a shared experience of “otherness”, as a tool for “conversion” to alternative lifestyle and many others.

Jan Kozák