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Thesis Why do the prairie Indians use peyote and/or the Sundance as their spiritual rituals? What kind of effect does this have on their society and their.

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2 Thesis Why do the prairie Indians use peyote and/or the Sundance as their spiritual rituals? What kind of effect does this have on their society and their way of life? How does Grof’s theory support the visions of the Indian rituals?

3 Presentation and review of the chosen material Humanistic method Text reading and analysis of the chosen material Carlos Castaneda: Don Juans lære 1971 p. 7-8,  description of fictive hallucination Material provided by Ulla: Soldansen, Religiøse bevægelser ved kulturens undergang; Åndedansen, Peyote-kult  searching for similarities between the Sundance with the peyote- cults Henrik Rindom: Rusmidlernes biologi – om hjernen, sprut og stoffer, p ,  the chemical explanation Hyperlinks  supplying material Laura Sheahen: The Brain Chemisty of the Buddha  the understanding of spirituality

4 Survey Why are the chemicals important? Part of their religion Contact with God (Wankan Tanka, pantheism) Induce visions How are the prairie Indian’s society dependent of the hallucinogens? Visions  medicine man  decides their place in society The Sundance Forbidden by the white people Ritual Endorphins

5 Survey Do the Indians undergo Stanislav Grofs steps when they are consuming peyote? 1 step: Sense of impressions (sound and light) increase/distort 2. step: Contact with repressed childhood-memories  come to terms with them 3. step: Perinatal experiences (paradise, hell, dead, rebirth) 4. step: Transpersonal experiences?

6 Mescaline The chemical structure of mescaline and serotonin MescalineSerotonin

7 Mescaline How does mescaline affect the brain?

8 Main conclusions Grof’s theory supports the experience of consuming peyote, only with the exception of the transpersonal experiences The Indian society would not be the same without the use of peyote

9 Sources Carlos Castaneda: Don Juans lære 1971 s. 7-8, Henrik Rindom: Rusmidlernes biologi – om hjernen, sprut og stoffer, s , Laura Sheahen: The Brain Chemistry of the Buddha Material provided by Ulla: Soldansen, Religiøse bevægelser ved kulturens undergang; Åndedansen, Peyote-kult

10 Putting into perspective AT6: Diseases caused by a certain lifestyle Consuming of peyote can ruin your mental health Compare the effects of peyote with the use of LSD Are the hallucinations the same? Can Grof’s theory support a LSD-trip in the same way as peyote can?


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