Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge

Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge


By (author) Terence McKenna

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  • Publisher: Rider & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 30mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 6 May 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712670386
  • ISBN 13: 9780712670388
  • Illustrations note: Ill.
  • Sales rank: 7,747

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A journey to some of the Earth's most endangered people in the remote Upper Amazon...a look at the rituals of the Bwiti cults of Gabon and Zaire...a field watch on the eating habits of 'stoned' apes and chimpanzees - these adventures are all a part of ethnobotanist Terence McKenna's extraordinary quest to discover the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. He wonders why, as a species, we are so fascinated by altered states of consciousness. Can they reveal something about our origins as human beings and our place in nature? As an odyssey of mind, body and spirit, Food of the Gods is one of the most fascinating and surprising histories of consciousness ever written. And as a daring work of scholarship and exploration, it offers an inspiring vision for individual fulfilment and a humane basis for our interaction which each other and with the natural world. 'Brilliant, provocative, opinionated, poetic and inspiring...Essential reading for anyone who ever wondered why people take drugs.' Rupert Sheldrake.

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Editorial reviews

McKenna, an explorer who has travelled the world to live and work with shamans from many cultures, has many radical views on the relationship between humanity and psychoactive substances. If, he argues, we accept that drugs will be an increasing part of global culture, we need to reappraise the patterns of drug-related experience throughout the centuries in order to understand what is happening to our society. Drawing on years of research, McKenna argues for a possible revival of what he calls the archaic attitude towards community, recovering a former relationship with nature in order to promote a more humane future. His views are controversial but his arguments are fascinating, ranging far and wide through humankind's cultural history to demonstrate what we have lost and what we might hope to gain. (Kirkus UK)