Eurotas Department of Indigenous Knowledges and Anthropology
Traditional medicines have always advocated healing methods and techniques that involved secrets and conceptions of health and disease, of life and death, and above all, states of consciousness absolutely revolutionaries that break all preconceived mental schemes, that question the scientific-religious paradigms and moreover CURE!
It is our duty, as scientists, philanthropists and scholars of the ancestral cultures living in our planet, to be attentive to all those inheritances, before they are diluted, lost or parted into a thousand pieces encouraged by an economic or intellectual profit.
It is fundamental, in this sense, to undertake actions that unite others already initiated by large and small groups, to be able to give light and knowledge of their existence.
The spirit of indigenous medicine is what has moved us for many years to undertake this great project of life.
It is about bringing together a small group of researchers, indigenous and academic, anthropologists and psiconauts, who come together to recover, recognize, protect and learn from indigenous cultures that are profoundly wise and, at the same time, threatened by “globalization” call it somehow.
Willing to enable to participate great shamanic cultures of our planet, but sometimes, because of the linguistic barrier, they do not have access to this type of international initiatives. We also intend to create at least two departments, one Spanish-speaking and the other one Russian-speaking, and in the future, Portuguese, French, Italian, etc. should be incorporated.
“Whatever specific symbolic form the shamanic journey takes, the common denominator is always the destruction of the old sense of identity and an experience of ecstatic connection with nature, with the cosmic order, and with the creative energy of the universe. In this process of death and rebirth, shamans experience their own divinity and attain profound insights into the nature of reality. They typically gain an understanding of the origin of many disorders and learn how to diagnose and heal them.”
—Stanislav and Christina Grof (1990)
- Goal and Objectives
The specific goal of the EDIKA is to promote and expand the body of indigenous knowledge and anthropology and to advance the state of recuperation, recognition, integration and exchange in the field of Transpersonal Psychology, including alternative healing practices.
- To recuperate traditional indigenous wisdoms and practices.
- To recognize traditional indigenous and shamanic practices.
- To integrate shamanic traditions and practices in a transpersonal anthropological framework.
- To exchange such practices and knowledge between professionals from all around the world.
- To create a corpus of transpersonal anthropology between professionals.
- To certify transpersonal rituals and neo shamanic practices.
The EDIKA follows international ethical guidelines for research and service, with respect for the dignity and worth of human life and rights as a guiding principle.
- Ethical Principles
The EDIKA functions on the principles of the EUROTAS Committee for Certification and Accreditation (ECCA). The EDIKA supports indigenous cultures and rituals as a important source of knowledge for transpersonal psychology. The EDIKA collaborates with representants of indigenous cultures and professionals to build bridges broader than classical anthropology.
The core ethical guidelines are summarized below reffering to, acknowledging and adapating the above mentioned references:
EDIKA´s members respect the dignity and worth of the individual and strive for
the preservation and protection of fundamental human rights. They are committed to
increasing knowledge of human behavior and of people’s understanding of themselves
and others and the utilization of such knowledge for the promotion of human welfare.
While pursuing these objectives they make every effort to protect the welfare of
research participants and those who seek their services. While demanding for
themselves freedom of inquiry and communication, Transpersonal Psychotherapists and professionals accept the responsibility this freedom requires:
In the pursuit of these ideals, Transpersonal researchers also honor ethical principles in
The following areas:
- Moral & Legal Standards;
- Welfare of the Consumer;
- Professional Relationships;
- Public Statements;
- Assessment Techniques;
- Executive sponsors
EUROTAS as umbrella of EDIKA
(few of them still must be member of EUROTAS)
Magda Solé, MA, (Spain)
Jaume Mestres, MA, (Spain)
Sven Doehner MD (Mexico)
Vladimir Maikov Ph.D. (Rusia)
Steven Schmitz Ph.D. (USA)
Bernadette Blin (France)
Regina Hess (Germany)
Alain Mullenex, M.A. (France)
Irene Santiago, M.A. (Spain)
Josep Martí Ph.D., (Spain)
Patricia Torres Ph.D. (Mexico)
Gabriel Jaraba Ph.D. (Spain)
In colaboration with International Chair for Intercultural Dialog of UNESCO