Plants Of The Gods

Author : Richard Evans Schultes
ISBN : 0892819790
Genre : Health & Fitness
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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.
Category: Health & Fitness

Pflanzen Der G Tter

Author : Richard Evans Schultes
ISBN : 3886312097
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Gnostic Visions

Author : Luke A. Myers
ISBN : 9781462005482
Genre : Religion
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Gnostic texts are filled with encounters of strange other worldly beings, journeys to visionary heavenly realms, and encounters with the presence and spirit of the divine. In Gnostic visions, author and Gnostic scholar Luke A. Myers presents evidence demonstrating how Gnostic visions were created and the connection these visions have to naturally occurring visionary compounds that are still in existence today. The culmination of more than ten years of research, "Gnostic Visions" advances the understanding of classical ethnobotany, Gnosticism, and the genesis of early Christian history. In this book the author discusses the prehistoric foundations of early human religion as well as the visionary religious traditions of the classical Greeks and Egyptians. Using these as a foundation, the book presents new and never before seen research explaining how Gnostic visions were created and what types of compounds were used by these ancient people to create them. "Gnostic Visions" presents evidence directly linking visionary Ayahuasca analogs with the creation of Gnostic and Hermetic visionary experiences. "Gnostic Visions" also describes the decline of Gnosticism, other visionary practices used in the Dark Ages and gives a brief tour of the visionary plants of the new world. In Gnostic visions, Myers tells of his personal experience with the divine and includes some of his own reflections of the importance of mankind's relationship to the natural world. He communicates that altered states of consciousness have been responsible for many of the most profound mystical religious experiences in human history.
Category: Religion

Hexenmedizin

Author : Claudia Müller-Ebeling
ISBN : 3855026017
Genre : Europa - Heilpflanzen - Hexerei - Geschichte
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Category: Europa - Heilpflanzen - Hexerei - Geschichte

Walter Benjamin S Grave

Author : Michael Taussig
ISBN : 0226790002
Genre : Social Science
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In September 1940, Walter Benjamin committed suicide in Port Bou on the Spanish-French border when it appeared that he and his travelling partners would be denied passage into Spain in their attempt to escape the Nazis. In 2002, one of anthropology’s—and indeed today’s—most distinctive writers, Michael Taussig, visited Benjamin’s grave in Port Bou. The result is “Walter Benjamin’s Grave,” a moving essay about the cemetery, eyewitness accounts of Benjamin’s border travails, and the circumstances of his demise. It is the most recent of eight revelatory essays collected in this volume of the same name. “Looking over these essays written over the past decade,” writes Taussig, “I think what they share is a love of muted and defective storytelling as a form of analysis. Strange love indeed; love of the wound, love of the last gasp.” Although thematically these essays run the gamut—covering the monument and graveyard at Port Bou, discussions of peasant poetry in Colombia, a pact with the devil, the peculiarities of a shaman’s body, transgression, the disappearance of the sea, New York City cops, and the relationship between flowers and violence—each shares Taussig’s highly individual brand of storytelling, one that depends on a deep appreciation of objects and things as a way to retrieve even deeper philosophical and anthropological meanings. Whether he finds himself in Australia, Colombia, Manhattan, or Spain, in the midst of a book or a beach, whether talking to friends or staring at a monument, Taussig makes clear through these marvelous essays that materialist knowledge offers a crucial alternative to the increasingly abstract, globalized, homogenized, and digitized world we inhabit. Pursuing an adventure that is part ethnography, part autobiography, and part cultural criticism refracted through the object that is Walter Benjamin’s grave, Taussig, with this collection, provides his own literary memorial to the twentieth century’s greatest cultural critic.
Category: Social Science

An Encyclopedia Of Shamanism Volume One A M

Author : Christina Pratt
ISBN : 1404211403
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Shamanism can be defined as the practice of initiated shamans who are distinguished by their mastery of a range of altered states of consciousness. Shamanism arises from the actions the shaman takes in non-ordinary reality and the results of those actions in ordinary reality. It is not a religion, yet it demands spiritual discipline and personal sacrifice from the mature shaman who seeks the highest stages of mystical development.
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Abgr Ndige Weihnachten

Author : Christian Rätsch
ISBN : 9783641125479
Genre : Social Science
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Stille Nacht highlige Nacht Der Nikolaus, ein menschgewordener Fliegenpilz? Das klingt zunächst befremdlich und weit hergeholt. Seinen ethnologischen Ursprung hat der Weihnachtsmann jedoch schon zu germanischer Zeit: Zum Fest der Wintersonnenwende wurden Fliegenpilze verzehrt, um sich davon zu berauschen und in höhere Dimensionen zu befördern, also der Sonne ein Stück näher zu sein. Christian Rätsch erklärt verblüffende Zusammenhänge und die Hintergründe unseres modernen Weihnachtsrituals: In Wirklichkeit feiern wir nämlich ein heidnisches Fest und der rot-weiß-gewandete Weihnachtsmann entpuppt sich dabei als verkappte Version von Wotan, als heimlicher Schamane und sogar als anthropomorpher Fliegenpilz. Ein schräger Blick auf das bedeutungsvollste aller Feste – wissenschaftlich fundiert und zugleich höchst unterhaltsam.
Category: Social Science

Lsd Psychotherapie

Author : Stanislav Grof
ISBN : 3608940170
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Inhaltsübersicht: Vorwort, Dank, 1. Geschichte der LSD-Therapie, 2. Kritische Variablen in der LSD-Therapie, 3. Die psycholytische und die psychedelische Behandlung mit LSD: Zur Integration der Konzepte, 4. Prinzipien der LSD-Psychotherapie, 5. Komplikationen der LSD-Psychotherapie: Ursachen, Verhütung und therapeutische Massnahmen, 6. Verlauf der LSD-Psychotherapie, 7. Indikationen der LSD-Psychotherapie, therapeutische Möglichkeiten und klinische Resultate, 8. Aussertherapeutische Verwendung von LSD, 9. Wirkungsprinzipien der LSD-Therapie, Epilog: Die Zukunft der LSD-Psychotherapie, Bibliographie, Personenregister, Klientenregister, Sachregister.
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The Encyclopedia Of Psychoactive Plants

Author : Christian Rätsch
ISBN : 9781594776625
Genre : Medical
File Size : 48.94 MB
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The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants • Examines 414 psychoactive plants and related substances • Explores how using psychoactive plants in a culturally sanctioned context can produce important insights into the nature of reality • Contains 797 color photographs and 645 black-and-white illustrations In the traditions of every culture, plants have been highly valued for their nourishing, healing, and transformative properties. The most powerful plants--those known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness--have traditionally been regarded as sacred. In The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants Christian Rätsch details the botany, history, distribution, cultivation, and preparation and dosage of more than 400 psychoactive plants. He discusses their ritual and medicinal usage, cultural artifacts made from these plants, and works of art that either represent or have been inspired by them. The author begins with 168 of the most well-known psychoactives--such as cannabis, datura, and papaver--then presents 133 lesser known substances as well as additional plants known as “legal highs,” plants known only from mythological contexts and literature, and plant products that include substances such as ayahuasca, incense, and soma. The text is lavishly illustrated with 797 color photographs--many of which are from the author’s extensive fieldwork around the world--showing the people, ceremonies, and art related to the ritual use of the world’s sacred psychoactives.
Category: Medical