Death af­ter tribal rit­ual

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BO­GOTA, Colom­bia — A Bri­tish teenager died in south­west­ern Colom­bia af­ter he drank a hal­lu­cino­gen dur­ing a tribal rit­ual and his body was left by the side of the road by two fright­ened lo­cal men, au­thor­i­ties said Satur­day.

Henry Miller, 19, was found dead by a ru­ral road out­side Mo­coa, the cap­i­tal of the Pu­tu­mayo re­gion, said Ri­cardo Suarez, the Pu­tu­mayo po­lice com­man­der.

In a state­ment pub­lished by the BBC, Miller’s fam­ily said he took part in a rit­ual that in­volved yage, a psy­che­delic brew pro­duced from var­i­ous plants na­tive to the Ama­zon, dur­ing a rit­ual led by a lo­cal shaman, and “it is likely that a re­ac­tion to this drink was the cause” of his death.

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