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The Sacred Mushroom Seekerby Thomas J Riedlinger
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A celebration of the life and pioneering work of the eminent mycologist and scholar R. Gordon Wasson.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;A legendary figure in the field of ethnobotany, R. Gordon Wasson's trail-blazing work on hallucinogenic mushrooms with the Mexican curandera Maria Sabina in the 1950s brought increased scholarly attention to the importance of psychoactive plants in the spiritual life of indigenous peoples and had a profound influence well beyond the academic world. His accessible writings helped popularize these discoveries, forming the ground for the social revolution of the following decade. With the growing interest in the role of psychoactive plants in society today, the work of R. Gordon Wasson and the example set by the man himself, so well illustrated here, takes on increasing importance.
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Reprint of the 1990 book on the learned mycologist.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A celebration of the life and pioneering work of the eminent mycologist and scholar R. Gordon Wasson.
R. Gordon Wasson's work on hallucinogenic mushrooms with the Mexican curandera Maria Sabina in the '50s brought increased attention to the importance of psychoactive plants in the spiritual life of indigenous peoples, forming the ground for the social revolution of the following decade. Edited by Thomas J. Riedlinger, who lives in Boston and has written extensively on psychedelic plants and psychology, this book includes essays by the most distinguished names in the fields of ethnobotany, comparative religion, and anthropology.
Mycologist R. Gordon Wasson's pioneering work with Mexican curandera Maria Sabina in the 1950s brought increased attention to the use of psychoactive plants in the healing and spiritual life of indigenous peoples.
"Bibliography: R. Gordon Wasson and Valentina Pavlovna Wasson": p. 257-263. Includes bibliographical references and index.
About the Author
Edited by Thomas J. Riedlinger, who has written extensively on psychedelic plants and psychology, andlt;Iandgt;The Sacred Mushroom Seekerandlt;/Iandgt; includes essays by the most distinguished names in the fields of ethnobotany, comparative religion, and anthropology.
Table of Contents
Thomas J. Riedlinger
Richard Evan Schultes
R. Gordon Wasson: Brief Biography and Personal Appreciation
J. Christopher Brown
Wasson's Help to a Student of Drug History
Michael R. Aldrich
My Life With Gordon Wasson
Masha Wasson Britten
A Vote for Gordon Wasson
Michael D. Coe
A Bibliophile's View of Gordon Wasson's Books and Bookplates
'Somatic' Memories of Gordon Wasson
R. Gordon Wasson: The Poet of Ethnomycology
William A. Emboden
'Vistas Beyond the Horizons of this Life': Encounters with R. Gordon Wasson
Peter T. Furst
Wasson and the Development of Mycology in Mexico
The Mushroom Conspiracy
Ride Through the Sierra Mazateca in Search of the Magic Plant 'Ska Maria Pastora'
Remembrances of Things Past
Irmgard Weitlaner Johnson
The People of Miniss Kitigan Who Were and Are Honor the Spirit of WaussungNaabe Who Was and Is
KeewaydinoQuay Et Al
My Friend Gordon
Weston Le Barre
Mixe Concepts and Uses of Entheogenic Mushrooms
Frank J. Lipp
'The Banquet of his Interests'
Wasson's Literary Precursors
A Posthumous 'Encounter' with R. Gordon Wasson
A Twentieth Century Darwin
Recollections of R. Gordon Wasson's: 'Friend and Photographer'
Allan B. Richardson
A Latecomer's View of R. Gordon Wasson
Thomas J. Riedlinger
Mr. Wasson and the Greeks
Carl A. P. Ruck
Celebrating Gordon Wasson
Alexander T. Sulgin
Travels with R. Gordon Wasson in Mexico, 1956-1962
Appendix I. Gordon Wasson's Account of His Childhood
R. Gordon Wasson
Appendix II. Bibliography: R. Gordon Wasson and Valentia Pavlovna Wasson
J. Christopher Brown
Appendix III. The R. Gordon Wasson Ethnomycological Studies Series
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