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In Brazil there are a number of religious movements based on the use of Ayahuasca (WP), usually in context of animism (WP) or spiritism (WP) that may be Shamanistic or, more often, mixed with Christian imagery.

Ayahuasca (usually pronounced Template:IPAc-en or Template:IPAc-en), also commonly called yagé (Template:IPAc-en), is a psychedelic brew of various plant infusions prepared with the Wikipedia:Banisteriopsis caapi vine. It is either mixed with the leaves of Wikipedia:dimethyltryptamine (DMT)-containing species of shrubs from the genus Wikipedia:Psychotria or with the leaves of the Wikipedia:Justicia pectoralis plant which does not contain DMT. The brew, first described academically in the early 1950s by Wikipedia:Harvard ethnobotanist Wikipedia:Richard Evans Schultes, who found it employed for divinatory and healing purposes by the native peoples of Amazonian Wikipedia:Peru, is known by a number of different names (see below).[1]

It has been reported that some effects can be felt from consuming the caapi vine alone, but that DMT-containing plants (such as Psychotria) remain inactive when drunk as a brew without a source of Wikipedia:monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as B. caapi. How Wikipedia:indigenous peoples discovered the synergistic properties of the plants used in the ayahuasca brew remains unclear. Many indigenous Amazonian people say they received the instructions directly from plants and plant spirits.

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