Luis Eduardo Luna has a Ph.D. from the Department of Comparative Religion Stockholm University (1989) and an honorary doctoral degree from St. Lawrence, Canton, New York (2002). He retired in 2011 from the Department of Modern Language and Communication at the Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki. He was an Assistant Professor in Anthropology (1994-1998) at the Department of Anthropology of Santa Catarina Federal University (UFSC) in Florianópolis, Brazil. Dr. Luna is the author of Vegetalismo: Shamanism among the Mestizo Population of the Peruvian Amazon (1986), a co-author with Pablo Amaringo of Ayahuasca Visions: The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman (1991), and co-author with Slawek Wojtowicz, Rick Strassman and Ede Frecska of Inner Paths to Outer Space: Journeys Through Psychedelics and Other Spiritual Technologies (2008). He is also a co-editor with Steven White of Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine (2000, an enlarged second edition appearing August 2016). Dr. Luna is the Director of the Research Center for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary Art and Consciousness, Florianópolis, Brazil.
TITLE: Observations on imagery under the effects of ayahuasca, and epistemological considerations
Rich visual phenomena are among the most remarkable aspects of the ayahuasca experience, not necessarily always the most significant. Based on ethnographical sources -from the literature as well as from fieldwork- and personal experience over many years, I present some observations regarding visual phenomena (field of perception, moving within the visionary space, worlds and entities, etc.) as well as some reflections regarding cognition, creativity and ayahuasca as a tool for the study of the human mind.