A mixture of faith and medicine

A mixture of faith and medicineWhen 18-year-old Gopinathan (name changed) of Varichiyur underwent a behavioural change owing to his addiction to cannabis a couple of years ago, his parents took him to a priest who told them that their child was possessed by an evil spirit which can only be purged at a faith healing centre in Tiruchi. Without any delay, the boy was taken to the centre where he was tonsured and branded with hot iron on his head.

4 Leadership Lessons From Native America

4 Leadership Lessons From Native AmericaIt was the summer of 2005 and I was lost. The investors in my game technology company had hired a new CEO. I’d poured everything into the John Kerry for President campaign and came up with a loss. The consolation prize was a state government appointment to director of technology-based economic development in Charleston, a 5-hour drive from my home.

Shaman's Herbal Hallucinogen a Fatal Lure for New Age Tourists

ShamanThe mother of a man who drowned while using a shamanic hallucinogenic drug has filed a lawsuit against the New Age spiritual retreat where the incident occurred. Garth Dickson, according to his mother, was under the influence of an herbal mixture known as ayahuasca (pronounced eye-uh-WAH-skuh) when he walked into Shasta Lake and drowned in 2012 while at a retreat called the White Flame Institute, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WorldPride festival embraces Canada’s aboriginal roots

WorldPride festival embraces Canada’s aboriginal rootsThere was a time when two-spirited people — as queer individuals are known in the aboriginal community — were embraced and revered by their own tribes. Then the European settlers came, along with their religious beliefs and values against homosexuals, turning the indigenous community against its two-spirit members, shoveling them into the closet.

Leaps into the Void: Group Show at Garis and Hahn Gallery

Leaps into the Void: Group Show at Garis and Hahn GalleryThe abstract patterns that were often displayed among depictions of wild animals, in ancient cave art, had been a real mystery to anthropologists for generations. Then, one fine day, an anthropologist in Africa was allowed to drink a hallucinogenic drug while entering into a trance induced by chanting, drumming and dancing. He soon realized that one aspect of his inner visions was a period of time in which he visualized the same types of abstract patterns he had seen in the famous caves in Europe dating back 30,000 years.