THE AUTHOR

Rak Razam is a freelance writer and media provocateur specializing in writing and editing books (fiction and non-fiction); scripts for the screen and feature articles. He is also a founding editor of Undergrowth, Australia's leading online counterculture arts and literature magazine.

In 2006 Razam visited Peru on a feature magazine assignment to see what the almost mythical archetype of the shaman was really like in the 21st century. The result is AYA: a Shamanic Odyssey, a unique spiritual adventure that documents the archetypal Western quest, propelling the reader on a cosmological-travel-memoir into the jungles of South America and the psychic landscapes of Amazonian shamanism.

Excerpts from AYA have been published in Australian Penthouse (Sept 2006); High Times (Aug 2007); and (Oct 2007). Razam was also interviewed and appears in the CBS (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s) 2007 audio documentary In Search of the Divine Vegetal talking about his ayahuasca experiences, which has been broadcast twice due to special demand to millions of people throughout North America.

Razam’s journey in writing this book embodies the shamanic experience tens of thousands of Westerners are undergoing each year. He is a public commentator on the underlying need of the West to reconnect with indigenous wisdom; the business of spirituality and the role of the media in reporting on the ayahuasca movement and the emerging ‘global shamanism’ paradigm.

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