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Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World: Complementary Dualism in Modern Peru (University of New Mexico Press, 2012)

Region: Northeast
Location: by Hillary S. Webb, PhD


When anthropologist Dr. Hillary Webb went to Peru to study the Andean concept of yanantin or “complementary opposites,” she arrived intending to use an ethnographic approach in order to understand how this philosophical perspective is lived by indigenous Peruvians. But when she asked Amado, a young shaman, to explain yanantin, she was given an answer that changed the way she viewed the research process and shook the philosophical foundation within which she was raised.

“Out of respect I do not define yanantin,” he said. And then, “May I suggest that you download the information from the cosmos instead?”

_Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World_ is a psycho-spiritual autobiography that tells the story of Webb's eventual "download"—a process that included entering into ceremony with the mescaline cactus, San Pedro. Webb recounts experiences and conversations pertaining to the indigenous Andean view of such polarities as male and female, mind and body, life and death, good and evil, and much more.

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