Three scientific titans join forces to completely revise the classic text on the ritual uses of psychoactive plants. They provide a fascinating testimony of these plants of the gods, tracing their uses throughout the world and their significance in shaping culture and history. In the traditions of every culture, plants have been highly valued for their urishing, healing, and transformative properties. The most powerful of those plants, which are kwn to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness, have always been regarded as sacred. The authors detail the uses of hallucigens in sacred shamanic rites while providing lucid explanations of the biochemistry of these plants and the cultural prayers, songs, and dances associated with them. The text is lavishly illustrated with 400 rare photographs of plants, people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world's sacred psychoactive flora.
A specialist in the cultural use of psychoactive plants, Christian Ratsch is the author of numerous books, including Gateway to Inner Space, The Dictionary of Sacred and Magical Plants, and the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants. A resident of Germany, he is currently serving as the president of the German Society for Ethnomedicine. Richard Evans Schultes (1915-2001) was a Jeffrey Professor of Biology and Director of the Botanical Museum at Harvard University, considered by many to be the father of modern ethnobotany. Albert Hofmann (1906-2008), discoverer of LSD, was a world renowned research biochemist.
Albert Hofmann, Christian Ratsch, Richard Evans Schultes
Inner Traditions Bear and Company
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Family & Health: General
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Healing Arts Press
400 color and b&w illustrations
Trade paperback (US)
2nd Revised edition
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