1960s Media Coverage of Ayahuasca and the UDV - Dear friends, two months ago the website of the Núcleo de Estudos Interdisciplinares sobre Psicoativos (NEIP) published a text called "O LSD Caboclo: notas sobre a reportagem 'Na selva, um místico vende o sonho' (1968)", written by me, Brian Anderson and Matthew Meyer. An expanded, translated version of this text has now been published on Erowid.org with the title "1960s Media Coverage of Ayahuasca and the UDV: Notes on the article "Na selva, um místico vende o sonho" [In the forest, a mystic sells dreams] (1968)".
An English translation of the article can be found at the end of our text; and there is also a link to the article in the original Portuguese.
This text presents a few of observations on one of the very first newspaper articles to be written on the União do Vegetal (UDV) and distributed throughout Brazil. The article was written in 1968, during a period when awareness of the Brazilian ayahuasca religions was first beginning to reach beyond the Amazon. Until now, 40 years latter, this article has, to our knowledge, not been referenced in the ayahuasca literature.
Although the article demonstrates a clear prejudice against the UDV and makes some inaccurate claims, it also presents new information on the religion and a fascinating view into the climate that surrounded the religious use of ayahuasca in 1960s Brazil.
Bia Labate & co-authors