Ayahuasca Whistle

Among primitive Amazonian societies, whistles are thought to have the power of conjuring spirits (Grieder, 1982). The use of whistling jars in modem-day Ayahuasca ceremonies in the upper Amazon (Ayahuasca is a powerful hallucinogen made from the Banisteriopsis vine) has been well documented (Dobkin de Rios, 1972). In general, it is likely that hallucinogens serving as a medium for contact with the supernatural played an important role in the ceremonial life of the cultures in which whistling jars were used. We might conjecture that affinity for hallucinogenic contact with spirits, animistic beliefs and the making of whistling vessels were all related. - Historium