Tipis are not used in the parts of the world where the true custodians of ayahuasca ritual live.
The tipi was used by some of the tribes in North America -- ayahuasca is not indigenous to North America, and neither are its rituals.
This is cultural illiteracy at its most crass.
Here is a comparison.
In Roman Catholicism, proper custody of the holy sacrament is a serious matter. Bread consecrated by a priest during Mass is regarded as the Real Body and Blood of God as manifested through the Risen Jesus Christ.
To receive Holy Communion, one must be a Roman Catholic and not be in a state of mortal sin. To administer Holy Communion, one must be a Roman Catholic, and if a layperson, have been commissioned to be a Eucharistic minister.
The consecrated host must never be sold. Canon Law is stringent on this point.
Thoughtful Catholics are deeply concerned lest consecrated bread fall into the hands of persons who might use it ignorantly, superstitiously, and worst of all, desecrate it.
It would be considered both a mortal sin and a moral outrage if word got out that a Eurcharistic Minister obtained consecrated bread, knowingly slipped it
past airport inspectors, calling it "energy food" and then gave it to non Catholics.
"Deep was not only a sanyassin but also a main organizer of the (Sainto Daime) cult in Ibiza. Multiple affliations were common among the expressive expatriates exemplifying a type of post-traditional religiosity typically seen in the New Age. The Santo Daime revolves around a sacramental drink named ayahuasca....
"Deep explained that, for awhile, Daimistas were able to bring the substance through airport checkpoints in twenty liter containers, declaring it 'an energizer drink from the Amazon.'
"But customers offices demanded that they stop the transaction and the group began to import ayahuasca instead from Holland, overland and by ferry. However, the cult ceased its operations in Ibiza for other reasons.
"According to Deep, participants gradually lost interest in the cult as their attention drifted to other self development practices. They sporadically conducted Daime rituals based on special visits or requests. But the original enthusiasm had apparently faded.
"This story illustrates the lifecycle commonly verified in New Age forms of religiosity. A ritual practices is sustained for as long as participants remain genuinely interested..."
Global Nomads pp 72-73
By contrast, people like "Deep"* feel entitled to take ayahuasca from its traditional custodians., put it into 20 liter containers* transport it thousands of miles and multiple time zones and cultural zones far from its ritual home and give it away to adult children who are pursuing self development.
One uses this to connect to a purpose far, far beyond oneself and to serve one's home community.
These global nomads are homeless people. Anyone who needs to mix and match and create rituals is unqualified to participate in a ritual that is tied to a specific homeland and a specific tribe.
(To make, let alone smuggle 20 liters of ayahuasca liquid is in itself a travesty - the original custodians of ayahuasca made it small amounts, not industrial sized increments.)
Merely to give
ayahuasca under such conditions is wrong in itself.
To sell access to ayahuasca and other boundaried rituals just adds to the insult.
A person who exploits ritual for financial gain will pay a penalty.
In his or her hour of need, that person will find all rituals and symbols
have gone inert.
Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 02/13/2016 05:28AM by corboy.