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    Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru (Hardback) By (author) Tahir Shah


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    DescriptionHis imagination captured by the account of a sixteenth-century Spanish monk who reported that the Incas "flew like birds" over the jungle and by tales of flying in Peruvian folklore, the author sets out to discover whether the ancients really were airborne - or experienced flying by other means. A shrunken head from Peru and a feather with traces of blood on it are his only clues when he begins his quest for the Incas' secret.But soon he's trekking in the high Andes, where he pitches up at Machu Picchu, the Incas' most sacred city, and one associated with the condor. From the metropolis of Cusco he motors out to a mysterious island on Lake Titicaca. Gathering treasures, curiosities, and dubious companions along the way, the author follows his trail to the coastal desert and the baffling puzzle of the Nazca Lines. It was these inexplicable etchings in rock, so huge that the animal forms they represent can only be grasped from the air - that is, while flying - that Erich Von Daniken attributed to aliens in his Chariots of the Gods. Is it any surprise that ancient cloth from a nearby burial ground bears images of bird-men? After an encounter with a guinea pig-wielding shaman, it's off to the Amazon, where the author joins a Vietnam vet on an epic journey deep into the jungle to uncover the secrets of the Shuar, a tribe of legendary savagery reputed for their expertise with ayahuasca, the mind-altering "Vine of the Dead."

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    Trail of Feathers
    In Search of the Birdmen of Peru
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tahir Shah
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 273
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    ISBN 13: 9781559706131
    ISBN 10: 1559706139

    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 800
    B&T Merchandise Category: TVL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 50
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 91, 95
    BISAC V2.8: TRV003040
    LC subject heading: , ,
    DC22: 918.5/04643
    LC classification: F3429 .S48 2002
    Perseus Distribution Services
    Imprint name
    Arcade Pub
    Publication date
    08 May 2002