Tancredi Marrone is pursuing a Ph.D. research in Religious Studies at Masaryk University Brno. He has a Bachelor’s in foreign languages and translation, a Master’s in audiovisual translation and adaptation, and a Master’s in Religious Studies specializing in Western Esotericism. His main fields of research are the use of psychedelics, meditation and breathwork techniques in the context of contemporary occultism. His studies on altered states of consciousness are supplemented with studies in the philosophy of the mind, psychology and cognitive sciences.
Tancredi Marrone and Andrej Kapcar, in their response to our interview with Bernd Brabec de Mori and Olivia Marcus, unpack common assumptions about ayahuasca and shamanism and outline the benefits of decolonizing current approaches and understandings.