You know, I'm gonna weigh in here on the word Ayahuasca and its meaning. The Quechua language was not a written language. It was only verbal, which means it was very fluid. My thoughts are that Hoasca, or Huasca actually were adapted from the German soldiers of fortune who came for the rubber boom and for whom "wasser" meant water. Hoasca or Huasca, in my mind, are bastard versions of that. Aya means soul in thousands of dialects from the Panoan language group to Quechua to the Ayamara. So to me, ayahuasca means "soul water", not vine of the dead or anything else. Just: "Soul water", which is good enough for me.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
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So here's a tasty new column that I feel like sharing. The magazine is Skunk, published in Canada, a pro-pot magazine; my column is called Drug War Follies and it's been running about 9 years now. Wow! How lucky did I get?
Posted by Peter Gorman at 8:13 AM
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Happy Mother's Day all you moms out there. Thanks for doing the heavy lifting for the rest of us.
I got to go mow some lawn before the storm comes--the whole way back yard across the creek hasn't been done in nearly three weeks!!!! But I was checking the blog today and noticed, like I do almost every day, that today's visitors included at least a couple of people each from Russia and the Ukraine. So for you who are reading: I'm sorry about the current troubles. I wish you could all somehow get along peaceably. I mean, if you few are all reading this blog, then you guys/gals would obviously get along on at least some level. So what about your pals, and their pals.
I'm pipe dreaming, I know. But aggression and holding grudges, nationalism and fear have never produced anything positive--yeah, I know things like the Volkswagon came from wartime, but you know what I mean--hate spawns hate. Time to eviscerate hate. Time to overcome it with peace and love and you're gonna need to be at least as aggressive with those as others are with their negativity if you're going to make a dent. Be brava--which, in the Peruvian jungle meaning of that Spanish word, means Aggressively brave.
I wish you peace.
Posted by Peter Gorman at 2:31 PM
Sunday, May 04, 2014
Step right up! Step right up! Sign on the dotted line for an amazing, provocative, wild, exhilarating, life affirming medicine trip! See the Amazon in all her glory! Risk your life for an adventure worth living! Suffer mosquitos to be rewarded by a chance at an entirely new and more rewarding life! Step right up! Step right up!
I've got two jungle jaunts of 9 1/2 days each coming up in June and July. Both were pretty full. These are the trips where you get dirt under your fingernails, get to drink ayahuasca, utilize the Matses medicines sapo and nu-nu, maybe enjoy a few local magic mushrooms while on an overnight riverboat ride on the Amazon; go night canoeing, some high jungle hiking, swamp walking and anything else we can fit in. These are the jaunts that have a touch of magic and real, no-fooling deep Amazon jungle. These are fantastic.
And, unfortunately, several people have moved their trips to next January or February, leaving me slightly in the lurch for guests, particularly for June. The June trip starts on Saturday, June 14, and runs through the morning of Monday, June 23.
The July trip starts on Thursday, July 10 and ends on the morning of Saturday, July 19.
Cost for each trip is $1900 and that includes everything except your airfare and walking around money. We pick you up at the airport, we outfit you head to toe with what you need for the jungle; we pay the hotel in Iquitos, the riverboat, my staff, the ceremonies, your food in Iquitos and, of course, in the jungle. We serve great food, can accommodate any dietary needs and still keep it delicious.
These are great trips and they were both near closed until this unexpected shakeup has opened some slots. So feel free to take one or two. You can reach me at peterg9 at yahoo.com
A lot of people forget the 9. If you do, the note won't reach me.
Thanks for listening. This is really an outstanding trip.
Posted by Peter Gorman at 11:07 AM