Chai, Charas & Changa

15 Mar

Written and directed by Giorgia Gaia. She also has a freely available paper on the subject.

The video explores the experience of psychedelic gnosis as it occurs in participants during psychedelic trance festivals, focusing on particular techniques involved in this process. Psychedelic gnosis is the practice of self-discovery and re-connection with a cosmic consciousness facilitated by the use of a wide range of psychedelic techniques and practices, including but not limited to psychoactive compounds, that facilitate ‘mind manifesting’. The video outlines what chai, charas and changa are, their historical origin and their symbolic and practical function in relation to the psychedelic gnosis process as experienced by participants during psytrance festivals. It includes first-hand observations, videos and quotes from the interviews conducted with participants and with Julian Palmer, the man who claims to have invented Changa.

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