Dr Navin Doloswala

Dr Navin Doloswala

Dr Navin Doloswala

What makes something sacred: A query on the nature of sacredness in plants: Tabacco

The current paper is an exploration into the topic of sacredness in relation to plants.  What makes a plant sacred? How does a multiplicity of use and other factors play into this? What consigns some plant compounds beyond access and experimentation?  The paper considers and explores the position of sacred tabacco within different societal and legal contexts.  The removal of sacred plants from the broader population and the sequestering of them within commercial agreements is something that has had significant impact on human populations, in terms of health and spirituality.  The paper further presents discussion and findings of experimentation (n=1) on mapacho, the tabacco that is associated with Ayahuasca ceremonies.

Dr Navin Doloswala is an academic whose recent research and creative practice interests have moved towards an exploration of sacredness and the exploration of light and performance. I received my doctorate through the University of Western Sydney in 2010 through the Centre for Industry and Innovation Studies (CINIS).  It explored electronic musicians and the kinds of networks they attached to and the tools they used to practice their craft.  I have also done a Masters in Social Change and Development at the University of Wollongong through the Centre for Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS).  Part of this explored the new agriculture movement in Bangladesh.