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Author: Giorgia Tresca
Master thesis in Environmental Anthropology, University of Kent, UK, October 2018.
In the Peruvian amazon, among both mestizo and various indigenous groups, medicinal plants are often employed by apprenticing curanderos or shamans in the practice of dieta or diet. This practice involves the ingestion of high concentrations of medicinal plants in social seclusion, whilst abiding to dietary and sexual restrictions. Diet is also used as a healing technique by lay people, usually under the supervision of a shaman Within a context of internationalisation of Peruvian shamanism, European individuals who apprenticed as shamans in Peru are making use of Diet in their country of origin both to learn and heal with plants of the European flora. This research will focus on exploring the way diets are conducted in a European context.
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