A meeting with yourself

Postcard from a fieldwork

Julie Jeppesen about her fieldwork:

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In this fieldwork I have been exploring some of the big questions of what it is to be human: Do we have a soul? What is consciousness? I have joined the ceremonies of the Dutch church "Ontmoeting met jezelf" ("A meeting with yourself") in which the sacrament Daime is drunk. It is a herbal tea from the Amazon which contains the chemical DMT, which affects the mind in extraordinary ways. The film I am making shows how these people understand themselves after having done astral travelling, had visions of extraterrestrials or talked with Jesus during these ceremonies.