The world of Eclectic Medicine and of Emerson reinventing Thomas Taylor to inspire Americans had come to an end, although it would see rebirths in places like the Philosophical Research Society and movements like the New Age of the 1980s.
Alan Shoemaker is the founder of the
Amazonian Shaman Conference held in Iquitos, Peru each year. He runs a company that specializes in ayahuasca tourism. Here he talks about
the spiritual tourist boom, his founding of the ayahuasca church Soga del Alma, and the global ayahuasca community.
good times were behind us and we did it to ourselves: no one was to blame. Even
if culprits to this chaos could be identified, they were dead. The bullets and
bunkers and bank holdings did not save them for long. These previous symbols of
wealth proved totally worthless and non-negotiable for the one thing they
couldn't buy from the hard-working, country-dwelling, "pagans": food.