Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers

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Global-popular anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist Christian Ratsch supplies the contemporary clinical updates to this vintage paintings on psychoactive plants through eminent researchers.

• A large number of new and uncommon colour pictures supplement the totally revised and up to date textual content.

• Explores the makes use of of hallucinogenic vegetation in shamanic rituals during the sector.

• Move-referenced through plant, sickness, training, season of assortment, and chemical constituents.

Three clinical titans sign up for forces to fully revise the vintage textual content at the ritual makes use of of psychoactive vegetation. They supply an interesting testimony of those “vegetation of the gods,” tracing their makes use of during the sector and their importance in shaping tradition and historical past. Within the traditions of each tradition, vegetation were extremely valued for his or her nourishing, therapeutic, and transformative houses. Essentially the most tough of the ones vegetation, that are identified to move the human thoughts into different dimensions of awareness, have at all times been considered sacred. The authors element the makes use of of hallucinogens in sacred shamanic rites at the same time as offering lucid explanations of the biochemistry of those vegetation and the cultural prayers, songs, and dances associated with them. The textual content is lavishly illustrated with 400 uncommon pictures of vegetation, folks, ceremonies, and artwork associated with the ritual use of the sector’s sacred psychoactive plants.

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