For this assignment, you will write an essay relating to a short video you will


For this assignment, you will write an essay relating to a short video you will observe as well as a cultural practice you will research. The purpose of this assignment is to understand the importance of altered states of consciousness in religious contexts.
Instructions
Preparations:
View the video: Ayauhuasca: Visions of Jungle Medicine. Download video transcript Here.
Based on the video, what is a functional and psychological explanation for the use of this hallucinogen?
Then, consider this statement from the video by Dr. Marlene Dobkin de Rios, Medical Anthropologist, UC Irvine, “…what we’re talking about here as anthropologists is that societies use whatever psycho-technologies that they have available to them to survive in their environments, and these drugs have some very positive things that they do as well as negative.”
In your own words, and reflecting on your readings for this module, explain what you think Dr. Dobkin de Rios meant in that statement.
Choose an example from our readings, or others, that reflects a positive use of a drug in a religious event and explain how you think the drug helps that individual or culture “to survive in their environment”.
At minimum, 2 pages of written content.
For this assignment, you will write an essay about a cultural group and their beliefs about death and organ donation. The purpose of this assignment is to understand how these issues are treated differently among cultures according to cultural beliefs about death and souls.


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