Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

European History Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

2015

Hallucinogen

Articles 1 - 1 of 1

Full-Text Articles in European History

Investigating A Century-Long Hole In History: The Untold Story Of Ayahuasca From 1755-1865, Justin Williams Jan 2015

Investigating A Century-Long Hole In History: The Untold Story Of Ayahuasca From 1755-1865, Justin Williams

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis illuminates the lost history of ayahuasca and argues that a larger institution, the ethnocentric and economically focused European milieu, prevented eighteenth and nineteenth-century Europeans from further investigating this mysterious plant-based hallucinogenic infusion. A myriad of factors contributed to these triumphal trade winds of prevailing European thought—ethnocentricity, consequent internalization, economic avarice, and European geo-political domination. In addition, there were other fateful historical circumstances beyond the influence of European paradigms that may have prevented ayahuasca from entering mainstream history.

This thesis begins an understanding toward the reasons that led to a century of historical cover-up—the skeleton of what ...