Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid

Graduated Masters Student

andrew.reid@livelihoods.org.za

Men of connections: Networks and relations in the daily lives of Rastafari bush doctors in Cape Town, South Africa
Supervisors: Dr Divine Fuh and Assoc Prof Rachel Wynberg

Born and raised in Durban, I participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange Program after matriculating and lived in Michigan, USA for one year. The experience proved to be transformational and led me to continue living in America and pursue a BSc in Anthropology at Grand Valley State University. It was during those years that I developed a passionate interest in medicinal plants, entheogens (chemical substances – typically derived from plants, that are ingested for religious or spiritual purposes), and non-ordinary states of consciousness. I returned to South Africa following the completion of my degree in 2011 and undertook a Master’s in the Social Anthropology Department at UCT. My dissertation titled: ‘Rastas on the road to healing: Plant-human mobilities in Cape Town, South Africa’, was based on ethnographic research with local Rasta herbalists and examined plant-human relations through a theoretical lens of mobility. In my downtime I enjoy gardening, flow arts and riding my bicycle.