Materializing Morality: Religious Drug Use in Amazonian Popular Catholicism (*)

Abstract

This modern world is fascinated with drugs. One might even say that we moderns fetishize drugs—and I mean this in the pejorative sense: we attribute to them magical and agentive powers that actually belong to human social relations. This is equally true whether we are talking about drugs in the sense of pharmaceuticals—silver bullets that will put us in control of nature, sickness, and frailty—or the more widespread, unmarked sense of drugs as dangerous, exotic, even alluring substances that offer us a Faustian pact: a feeling of temporary transcendence in trade for moral ruin.

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@inproceedings{Meyer2010MaterializingMR, title={Materializing Morality: Religious Drug Use in Amazonian Popular Catholicism (*)}, author={Matthew J Meyer and Irineu Serra}, year={2010} }