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Is Ayahuasca Right for Everyone? An Interview with Dercas Nidra, Part Two

Dercas Nidra explains how people get closure from their sessions

In the second part of this two-part interview (read part one here), SevenPonds spoke with Dercas Nidra (his name has been changed to protect his identity). He is a licensed social worker and yoga instructor from San Francisco who leads … Continue reading

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Can Ayahuasca Heal Grief? An Interview with Dercas Nidra, Part One

Dercas Nidra's groups lead the way in tea-based healing

In the first part of this two-part interview, we spoke with Dercas Nidra (his name has been changed to protect his identity). He is a licensed social worker and yoga instructor from San Francisco who leads monthly ayahuasca sessions to … Continue reading

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The Wari Tombs: Rich in Death and Burial Traditions

Everyone told Miłosz Giersz and Roberto Pimentel Nita that their Peruvian expedition was in vain -- but they uncovered one of the most important Wari tombs in existence

In 2013, archaeologists Milosz Giersz and Roberto Pimentel Nita uncovered an ancient Peruvian tomb. The odds were against their team – the site was believed to have been plundered, lost or simply nonexistent – but they left the expedition with … Continue reading

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The Chinchorro Created Mummies Thousands of Years Before the Egyptians

The ancient Chinchorro people from South America may have been the first to explore mummification

When most people hear the word mummification, they probably think of Ancient Egypt. They probably recall the Egyptian kings, their pyramids and their golden sarcophagi. But few people consider—or even know about—the Chinchorro people and their mummification practices. And why … Continue reading

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