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Amazon Magic tells the life story of Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez, an ayahuaquero, a shaman skilled in the use of ayahuasca, a visionary and healing plant medicine. Told in his own words, Amazon Magic describes incidents from his childhood in a small jungle town beside the Amazon River, and his early and present day experiences with the plant medicine ayahuasca. The book recounts his days of being lost in the remote depths of the jungle which resulted in his living a year with an Indian tribe. This book provides a fascinating look into the cultural life of the Peruvian Amazon as seen through the eyes of someone who is an integral part of this life, and provides a rare insight into the forces that helped shape the life of a profound healer who is now highly regarded in many parts of the world.

Jaya Bear has created an ethnographic document that reveals an insider's view of the fantastic world of Amazonian shamanism. -- Timothy White, editor Shaman's Drum magazineJaya Bear portrays the spirit world of nature, through the warmth and knowledge of Don Rivas -- Brant Secunda, Huichol Shaman and Director of the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic StudiesThis beautiful narrative is full of mystery, smells, sounds, and a reality far from the center of our experience. -- Winona La Duke, activist and author of Last Standing Woman Jaya Bear is the founder and director of Puma Shamanic Journeys, which falcilitates journeys and workshops that create opportunities for deep transformative work and life changing experiences. Jaya is an artist, entrepreneur, and organizer and has arranged numerous workshops and large events. For more than three decades, she has worked with spiritual teachers from many traditions.

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  • PDF | 230 pages
  • Jaya Bear(Author)
  • Colibri Pub (January 1, 2000)
  • English
  • 4
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Richard on March 20, 2015

    This is one of those you-can't-put-it-down books. An epic voyage through the life of a Amazon Maestro, a Shaman, a wise experienced curandero specialized in the Ayahuasca experience. Leave your concepts of reality at the door! It touches upon the magical world of fact versus myth. This world versus other dimensions. Consensual reality and a holographic reality. Plant teachers is the big message. And most important of all ~ Healing your soul to its intended state of being. Fixing yourself, letting go of baggage after facing it first in a headlong dive into another magical dimension, another parallel universe. It's about seriously working on yourself, you must have that commitment, then everything then falls into place gradually and wonderfully.

  • By Jaanus Kiipli on January 14, 2011

    I read this book a while ago and although I have forgotten much, it stands out in my memory as a very interesting and remarkable narrative in first person form.He very much likes to talk mainly how good he was at chasing women (he even goes on to tell how he had sex with a river dolphin). But there are a lot of other strange stories and happenings in the book as well, for example about giant boas, yacurunas robbing people, shamans transforming into owls etc.I happened to visit Tamshyacu myself and I can tell that these kind of stories seem to be relatively widespread in the region. For example they tell that there are boas (or anacondas) that are 40 meters long, I argued that according to scientific books they are only 10+ meters with majority being even smaller, but they insisted that scientists are wrong and "hay mas grandes". Also they tell you that there is a city in the bottom of amazon...well the level of water was relatively low in the river and I insisted that the rooftops should be seen. In response to that they had to admit that this is only something in the visions of ayahuasca, but went on to tell a story about a boy who while once playing with others in the river vanished into a vortex and then three shamans came together and after doing their magic for three days were able to pull out the boy and apparently it was the boy who told these accounts.But the book definitly is worth reading regardless if you belive all this or not. But I dont think that if a story is strange then it automatically has to be a lie. Remember, in the old times people belived that earth is flat and similarily rejected all stories about stones falling from sky (meteorites) but were proven wrong in the end. It could be similar case here.

  • By Bard Hertzler on June 16, 2013

    After working closely with Don Agustin and reading someone else's perspective on their work with him, I've never wanted to get back to the rain forest more ravenously than after reading this book.

  • By JB on September 9, 2016

    This is a fabulous book. I loved it

  • By Clinton N. Brigham on August 29, 2010

    I first read this book in Germany (yes in German) and found some of it a little "off the top". However I have just returned from a journey from the the Amazon where I spent two weeks with this amazing man/healer/spirit. I can truly say that after reading the book and then meeting the man, there is nothing "off the top" about him. He is everything the book says he is and lives a life of healing and caring that I could not fathom until I actually met him.

  • By Guest on October 25, 2001

    This reviewer delights in learning, especially about people and cultures who can and did make an impact...and natural medicines that have their roots in a period thousands of years ago. So, when author Jaya Bear sent me her book, Amazon Magic, I discovered a wonderful opportunity and biography, as well as a narrative filled with mystery about a totally different reality.Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez (1933-) was born in Tamshiyacu, Peru, a small jungle town along the Amazon River. What is was to grow up in this totally different (from us) environment...learn to be a shaman...and acquire the skills to use healing plant medicines such as ayahuasca, are the subjects of this fascinating new book.Amazon Magic enables the reader to walk in the shoes of a shaman and understand his experiences and adventures...and his training and discipline to achieve his widely-regarded status as a profound healer. This reviewer was fascinated by not only plant medicines, but the spirits that reside in the jungle. And how ayahuasca, for instance, can help one see the spirits, and the demons. "Each of us has our demons, and ayahuasca shows them to us so we can face them and heal. Ayahuasca teaches us truth about ourselves".Author, world traveler, artist and student of many spiritual cultures, Jaya Bear, felt drawn to travel to Peru after her husband died. She met Don Agustin Rivas Vasquez, and has continued to work closely with him since that time.The result is Amazon Magic, a fascinating look at a culture and individual that have made an impact. Jaya Bear presents this revelation in an easily- read- and- understood fashion that captures Don Agustin's words, love and compassion!

  • By jeff on November 25, 1999

    I am very pleased to see the life and work of Don Agustin Rivas in print. This man has and continues to lead a remarkable life. Having worked with Don Agustin as a teacher for several years and heard many of the stories, it is good to see that the book remains true to them and captures the heart of Don Agustin's adventures. The book focuses on Don Agustin's personal challenges and accomplishments, but also contains many teachings and wisdom from one who has sacrificed much to be of service to the people and to the Earth. I highly recommend this book to anyone wishing to know more about ayahuasca shamanism and/or the life of Don Agustin Rivas.

  • By M. J. Goodman on September 26, 2000

    Many years on from THE WIZARD OF THE UPPER AMAZON this book is an engaging adventure story of the same time. Endearing frankness ... from multiple sexual adventures to cannibalism ... combine with a fearsome determination to excel in his shamanic world, years of undergoing plant diets (ayahuasca the principle plant medicine but there are many more discussed here) ... all make this man seem oddly trustworthy. The directness of style is nicely free of many literary conventions ... these are Don Agustin's most striking memories, told in a clear way, worked into a book by Jaya Bear. I enjoyed it as a fine adventure story, a great jungle yarn.


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