In this paper I first introduce the term entheogen and talk about the effects of one of the most famous entheogens, amazonian DMT rich brew called ayahuasca. Then I focus on music that traditionally accompanies ayahuasca ceremonies, on songs called “icaros”, how they originate and how they function. In the next part I talk about the use of less traditional music that I personally have experience with during the ceremonies, the mantras. I explain what role music plays in the ceremonies, why even unpleasant music can be very healing and how important it is for the process of integration after the entheogenic experience.
Ayahuasca ceremonies and music Veronika Hromadkova