The mother plant, Vine of the Soul
From Spanish ayahuasca, from Quechua ayawaska, from aya (“spirit, ancestor”) + waska (“vine”).
- A giant vine native to South America (especially Banisteriopsis caapi), noted for its psychotropic properties.
- 2005, the Amazon forest people would take ayahuasca and enter into that place of Group Mind where they would make decisions for the tribe — Martin Torgoff, Can’t Find My Way Home (Simon & Schuster 2005, p. 414)
- Any of various psychoactive infusions or decoctions prepared from this vine.