Tarryl Janik, Ph.D.


I have a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and my fieldwork is based in Orlando Florida. My areas of interest are the anthropology of shamanism, entheogenic sects and psychedelic religions in the United States, the anthropology of law, and Indigenous studies.





PhD Dissertation:
"Soul Quest Church of Mother Earth: Ayahuasca Decriminalization and the Struggle of an Institution to Become a Church." (2023)



Peer-reviewed Books

Lewy, Mathias, Whitaker, James A., and Janik, Tarryl.  Sorcery in Amazonia: A Comparative Exploration of Magical Assault.  Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut. PreuBischer Kulturbesitz. Estudios Indiana. Forthcoming, 2024.

Peer-reviewed Articles

“Psychological Mara: The Formative Identity of Mara in 100 B.C.E to 600 C.E. Indian Mahayana Buddhism,” Dialogue 55, no.1: 23.

Janik, Tarryl., Aleman, Stephanie., "The Sound of Death and the Legacy of Thinking Violence: Notes of a Final Interview with Neil L. Whitehead,” Anthropology News 53, no. 7.

Reviews and Online Articles

Liquid Light: Ayahuasca Spirituality and the Santo Daime Tradition, by G. William Barnard. Reviewed for Nova Religio 27, no. 1 (August 2023): 137–138.

Mayalogue: An Interactionist Theory of Indigenous Cultures, by Victor Montejo. Reviewed for Nova Religio 27, no. 1 (August 2023): 121–123.

Defend the Sacred: Native American Religious Freedom Beyond the First Amendment, by Michael D. McNally. Reviewed for Nova Religio 26, no. 4 (May 2023): 130–132.

Religion and Culture in Native America, by Suzanne Crawford O’Brien. Reviewed for Nova Religio 26, no. 3 (February 2023): 119–121.

Magic A Theory from the South by Ernesto De Martino. Reviewed for Religious Studies Review 48, no. 2 (June 2022): 256-257.

Automatic Religion: Nearhuman Agents of Brazil and France by Paul Christopher Johnson. Reviewed for Nova Religio 25, no. 4 (May 2022): 128–130.

Shamanism and Vulnerability on the North and South American Great Plains by Kathleen Bolling Lowrey. Reviewed for Nova Religio 25, no. 4 (May 2022): 137–139.

The Insider Outsider Debate: New Perspectives in the Study of Religion, ed. George D. Chryssides and Stephen E. Gregg. Reviewed for Nova Religio 24, no. 3 (February 2021): 142–145.

Non-Humans in Amerindian South America: Ethnographies of Indigenous Cosmologies, Rituals and Songs, ed. Juan Javier Rivera Andia. Reviewed for Nova Religio 23, no. 3 (February 2020): 131–133.

Elements of Ritual and Violence, by Margo Kitts. Reviewed for Nova Religio 23, no. 2 (November 2019): 108–110.

Fiction, Invention and Hyper-Reality, ed. Carole M. Cusack and Pavol Kosnac. Reviewed for Nova Religio 22, no. 3 (February 2019): 148–150.

Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism, by Ruben Van Luijk. Reviewed for Nova Religio 21, no. 2 (November 2017): 120–121.

"The Jaguar in Paramakatoi Culture: Indigenous Lecture Series," Department of Public Information, Georgetown, Guyana, September 2017. Web.

Shamanism and Violence: Power, Repression and Suffering in Indigenous Religious Conflicts, ed. Diana Riboli and Davide Torri. Reviewed for Nova Religio 20, no. 2 (November 2016): 139–140.