Yagé Varieties and Their Names By Jonathon Miller

Yagé Varieties and Their Names By Jonathon Miller Weisberger  In this essay, I will share some key insights into the notable varieties of Amazonia’s enigmatic visionary vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, specifically related to the Indigenous science of yagé, as known and practiced by the Western Tukanoan speaking Siekopai people of the northern Ecuadorian Amazon. The information…

The Yagé Complex by Neil Logan

The Yagé Complex By Neil Logan Dedicated to Miguel Payaguaje and his extended family (including his father Delfín and his grandfather Fernando), as well as all the vine gardeners responsible for stewarding these sacred plants through time. Introduction This essay will present the origins, evolution, and human co-history of the Malpighiaceae family of ethnomedically significant…

Polylepis spp.

Polylepis spp.

Polylepis spp. Microcosms is very pleased to include a contribution in this new section Polylepis by Ben Kamm, founder of Sacred Succulents (https://sacredsucculents.com/), a business that lovingly and knowledgably purveys rare and endangered plants and seeds from the Americas, with a specialty in the Andean countries, which Ben has explored extensively and found much to…

Lesley Wylie

Lesley Wylie The Microcosms website is a fascinating, thought-provoking repository of knowledge about sacred plants. I’ve recently explored the website with students as part of an undergraduate module which includes a class on the globalization of ayahuasca. Steven F. White’s illuminating introductory essay grounded our discussions about vegetal life and Indigenous plant knowledge and the…

Keith Williams

Keith Williams Microcosms: A Homage to Sacred Plants of the Americas “How you say is what you mean.” – Jan Zwicky Born of a dream, Microcosmic Phytoformalism in both form and content follows a kind of dream-logic exemplified by strange yet somehow familiar shapes against a backdrop of black. Dreams, like the psychedelic experience, can be epistemological…

Constantino Manuel Torres

Constantino Manuel Torres Browsing Jill and Steven’s spectacular website Microcosms: A Homage to Sacred Plants of the Americas, we are constantly reminded of two artists: the first is the Mazatec shaman-poet María Sabina (1894-1985), who chants: “I am the woman who looks into the insides of things.” Steven and Jill, through the resources provided by…

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