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Shadows in the Sun: Travels to Landscapes of Spirit and Desire

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Publisher Comments:

" One of the intense pleasures of travel is the opportunity to live among people who have not forgotten the old ways, who still feel their past in the wind, touch it in stones polished by rain, recognize its taste in the bitter leaves of plants."

In this riveting collection of stories and essays, gifted scientist, anthropologist, and writer Wade Davis offers a captivating look at indigenous cultures around the world--from the nomadic Penan of Malaysia to the Vodoun practitioners of Haiti--and a poetic, timely examination of the rapport between humans and the natural world. Traveling from the mountains of Tibet to the jungles of the Amazon, Davis delves into the mysteries of shamanic healing, experiences first-hand hallucinogenic plants, explores the vanishing Borneo rain forests, and describes the ingenuity of the Inuit as they hunt narwhale on the Arctic ice.

A compelling and utterly unique celebration of the beauty and diversity of our planet, Shadows in the Sun is about landscape and character, the wisdom of lives drawn directly from the land, and the hunger of those who seek to rediscover such understanding. Davis shows that preserving the diversity of the world's cultures and spiritual beliefs is as important as preserving endangered plants and animals--and vital to our understanding of who we are.

Synopsis:

In this riveting collection of stories and essays, the author of "The Serpent and the Rainbow" examines the rapport between humans and the natural world.

About the Author

Wade Davis is a scientist, anthropologist, and writer who received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany from Harvard University and has spent twenty-five years studying the plants, psychotropic drugs, and ceremonial rituals of indigenous cultures around the world. He is the author of the international bestseller The Serpent and the Rainbow, which was later released as a feature motion picture, as well as six other books including One River. Davis's writing has appeared in Outside, National Geographic, Fortune, and Condé Nast Traveler.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767904025
Subtitle:
Travels to Landscapes of Spirit and Desire
Author:
Davis, Wade
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Guidebooks
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Human ecology
Subject:
Philosophy of nature
Subject:
Landscape assessment
Copyright:
Series Volume:
105-721
Publication Date:
October 1999
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.16x5.26x.86 in. .57 lbs.

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