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Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powersby Richard Ev Schultes
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World-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist Christian Ratsch provides the latest scientific updates to this classic work on psychoactive flora by two eminent researchers.
• Numerous new and rare color photographs complement the completely revised and updated text.
• Explores the uses of hallucinogenic plants in shamanic rituals throughout the world.
• Cross-referenced by plant, illness, preparation, season of collection, and chemical constituents.
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 nourishing, healing, and transformative properties. The most powerful of those plants, which are known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness, have always been regarded as sacred. The authors detail the uses of hallucinogens 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.
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Disavowing the use of this volume as a guide to taking hallucinogens though they specify effective doses, experts overview the ritual/medicinal uses, botanical characteristics, chemistry, and range of 97 such plants featured in many unique color and b&w illustrations (some new to this edition). Schultes was the late director emeritus of the Botanical Museum at Harvard U. Coauthors are A. Hoffman, the Swiss biochemist who discovered LSD, and R<:a>tsch, of the German Society for Ethnomedicine. Healing Arts Press published the first English translation of this 1979 milestone in the field in 1992.
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The authoritative text on the use of hallucinogens in the healing rites of indigenous cultures.
Disavowing the use of this volume as a guide to taking hallucinogens though they specify effective doses, experts overview the ritual/medicinal uses, botanical characteristics, chemistry, and range of 97 such plants featured in many unique color and b&w illustrations (some new to this edition). Schu
A complete revision of the classic text on the ritual uses of psychoactive plants. The authors detail the uses of hallucinogens in sacred shamanic rites while providing lucid explanations of the biochemistry of these plants and the cultural prayers, songs, and dances associated with them.
About the Author
Christian Rtsch, Ph.D., is a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist who specializes in the shamanic uses of plants for spiritual as well as medicinal purposes. He studied Mesoamerican languages and cultures and anthropology at the University of Hamburg and spent, altogether, three years of fieldwork among the Lacandone Indians in Chiapas, Mexico, being the only European fluent in their language. He then received a fellowship from the German academic service for foreign research, the Deutsche Akademische Auslandsdienst (DAAD), to realize his doctoral thesis on healing spells and incantations of the Lacandone-Maya at the University of Hamburg, Germany.
In addition to his work in Mexico, his numerous fieldworks have included research in Thailand, Bali, the Seychelles, as well as a long-term study (18 years) on shamanism in Nepal combined with expeditions to Korea and the Peruvian and Colombian Amazon. He also was a scientific anthropological advisor for expeditions organized by German magazines such as GEOand Spektrum der Wissenschaften(Spectrum of Sciences).
Before becoming a full-time author and internationally renowned lecturer, Rtsch worked as professor of anthropology at the University of Bremen and served as consultant advisor for many German museums. Because of his extensive collection of shells, fossils, artifacts, and entheopharmacological items, he has had numerous museum expositions on these topics.
He is the author of numerous articles and more than 40 books, including Plants of Love, Gateway to Inner Space, Marijuana Medicine,and The Dictionary of Sacred and Magical Plants.He is also coauthor of Plants of the Gods, Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas,and Witchcraft Medicineand is editor of the Yearbook of Ethnomedicine and the Study of Consciousness.A former member of the board of advisors of the European College for the Study of Consciousness (ECSC) and former president of the Association of Ethnomedicine, he lives in Hamburg, Germany.
Table of Contents
Plants of the Gods
Their Sacred, Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers
1. What are Plant Hallucinogens
2. The Plant Kingdom
3. Phytochemical Research on Sacred Plants
4. Geography of Usage and Botanical Range
5. Plant Lexicon
6. Users of Hallucinogenic Plants
7. Overview of Plant Use
8. Fourteen Major Hallucinogenic Plants
9. Mainstay of the Heavens
10. The Hexing Herbs
11. The Nectar of Delight
12. St. Anthony's Fire
13. Holy Flower of the North Star
14. Guide to the Ancestors
15. Beans of the Hekula Spirit
16. Seeds of Civilization
17. The Magic Drink of the Amazon
18. Ayahuasca Analogs
19 Trumpets of the Angels
20. The Tracks of the Little Deer
21. Little Flowers of the Gods
22. Diviner's Sage
23. Cactus of the Four Winds
24. Vines of the Serpent
25. Semen of the Sun
26. Gateway to Dreamtime
27. Chemical Structures of Hallucinogens
28. Uses of Hallucinogens on Medicine
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