Transcultural Perspective on Consciousness: A Bridge Between Anthropology, Medicine and Physics


  • Tania Re University of Genoa
  • Carlo Ventura University of Bologna


Ethnomedicine, Teaching plants, Electromagnetic energy, Consciousness



The Unesco Chair "Anthropology of Health, biosphere and Healing System" inside the University of Genoa (IT) is a unique experience inside the University of Genoa that stems from a cultural necessity to fill and a wealth of knowledge to preserve health, environment and treatment strategies considered strictly connected in modern medicine. This new, integrated approach contradicts and overcomes the traditional separation between humanities and scientific medicine and treatments. Health and approach to treatment strategies are not uniform around the worlds; the universal baseline is quality assurance of investigation in science

The need to establish connections between Medicine, especially in the therapeutic aspect (healing), and all the information already obtained from the mind-matter phenomenology has led to much experimentation and theorizing in this border and transcultural area.

The research group formed by anthropologist who have studied altered states of consciousness in different cultures, medical doctors, quantum physicists and molecular biologists will try to define a transcultural perspective on consciousness merging anthropology, medicine and physics. 

In particular, the research field site is located in Mayantuyacu, a traditional healing center located in the Peruvian Amazon where the ancient art of ashanika healing is set.

Mayantuyacu is situated on the bank of a river with thermal water at 100 ° flowing in the middle of the forest. Around the central Maloca, where is the common life, were built to accommodate malocas other people who come to Mayantuyacu to know and to seek treatment from knowing millennial ashanika and properties of thousands of plants including plants teacher.

The following elements were firstly analyzed and considered the bridge from a traditional healing system to a new paradigm in medicine:

               1. music called icaros,

               2. master plants like ayahuasca involved during the healing ceremonies.




How to Cite

Re, T., & Ventura, C. (2015). Transcultural Perspective on Consciousness: A Bridge Between Anthropology, Medicine and Physics. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 11(2), 228–241. Retrieved from