Plants of the Gods

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 197 x 267 x 15mm | 853g
  • Healing Arts Press
  • Rochester, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Edition, Second Edition
  • 400 color and b&w illustrations
  • 0892819790
  • 9780892819799
  • 40,991

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
Picture Credits
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"This superbly illustrated, encyclopedic volume provides a much needed, well-balanced scientific perspective on the use of hallucinogenic plants. Richard Evans Schultes, the worlds most eminent ethnobotanist, and Albert Hofmann, the former research director at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, emphasize the need for continued education about both the potential benefits and the inherent dangers involved in the use of hallucinogens." * Shaman's Drum * "Carefully researched, beautifully written, and abundantly illustrated, this book reminds us that the use of hallucinogenic plants has been a fundamental part of the human experience for millennia." * Michael R. Aldrich, Ph.D., Curator Fitz Hugh Ludlow Library * "It contains an incredible amount of rigorous and fascinating information in a highly accessible, beautiful, and compelling format." * Journal of Scientific Exploration, October 2003 * "Richard Evans Schultes has been the nexus of almost everything interesting and supportive concerned with economic and cultural uses of plants. Plants of the Gods gives precise and illuminating portraits of the many peoples of the Earth who pay homage to and gain insights with the aid of psychedelic plants: an exquisite, thoroughly scholarly book." * Whole Earth Review *
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About Richard Evans Schultes

Christian Ratsch, Ph.D. (1957 - 2022), was a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist who specialized in the shamanic uses of plants. He is the author of The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants and Marijuana Medicine, and coauthor of Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas and Witchcraft Medicine. He lived in Hamburg, Germany, and lectured around the world. Richard Evans Schultes (1915-2001) was a Jeffrey Professor of Biology and Director of the Botanical Museum at Harvard University, considered by many to be the father of modern ethnobotany. Albert Hofmann (1906-2008), discoverer of LSD, was a world renowned research biochemist.
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