) is a psychoactive plant which is used in numerous Terran cultures for divination and ritual. It also features as a reagent used in the hidden valley of Eodon
Uses and History
In Eodon, pinde is used as a symbolic sacrifice to produce visions and to allow shaman to interact with the spiritual plane that they might find ways to heal patron or curse enemies. Specifically, it is used for the spells Eagle Eye, Heal and Curse Enemy.
The caapi vine (also known as Yage, the "Vine of the Soul" or "Vine of the Dead") is a deeply significant plant to numerous Amazonian peoples, as it is used in the creation of the entheogenic hallucinogen Ayahausca. Containing several monoamine oxidase inhibitors, the caapi vine may produce psychotropic effects when consumed by itself, although it is often combined with other agents such as Banisteripois rusbyana or Psychotria viridis which contain the psychedelic dimethyltryptamine.
Used by indigenous peoples in a number of ceremonies, caapi vine has a strong purgative effect, and induces vomiting and diarrhea which some anthropologists have speculated served to help combat parasitic infections. The most evident use of caapi and ayahausca, however, is to produce visions which allow its users to communicate with the divine, to foretell the future and to experience states which allow them to navigate mundane problems.
Ayahausca is still an important traditional tool for numerous peoples throughout the Americas, and is used ritually by both shamans and laypeople for religious purposes.
|| Their offerings, cast to the wind during their rituals, include: Theobroma cacao, known to the natives as chocolatl; Banisteriopsis caapi, used by the natives (who call it pinde) to produce visions and gain wisdom; and Virola calophylla, a potent snuff that the natives call yopo.|
- ↑ "Banisteriopsis Caapi". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2012-01-19.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Black, Michael et al. Plants, People and Culture: The Science of Ethnobotany. Scientific American Library: 1997. Page 155-159.
- ↑ "Ayahuasca". Wikipedia. Retrieved 2012-01-19.