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"Traditional Ayahuasca ceremonies have a strong culture and set of customs. These customs may include mandatory guides claiming supernatural powers, a native jungle environment, banana leaves, rattles, chanting, improper diet restrictions, abstaining from sex and unsafe purification ceremonies.
All of these extras are part of the history and landscape from which the plant and vine are harvested. They add tradition and nostalgia and although they deserve our deep respect and acknowledgment, they are not necessary for the DMT to provide a life transformative experience.
Persons claiming to have special favor and access to the spirit world created the source of these flawed, inaccurate and sometimes dangerous formalities.
These persons are often referred to as shamans, priests, medicine men, sorcerers, and witch doctors. None of these persons are needed for the DMT, which is the active ingredient in Ayahuasca, to provide a wonderful therapeutic experience."