R. E. Schultes, A. Hofmann & C. Rätsch
From the Back Cover
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.
This book as an absolute corker. It gives basic botanical and traditional usage information on 97 plants that are or have been used as entheogens. A few of these are modern Ayahuasca analogues. It goes on to cover plants that the authors feel are the most important entheogenic plants in greater detail. Historic, ethnographic, cultural, religious, mythic, chemical, medical, toxological and botanical information is given. The book is detailed enough to provide you with a wealth of information, without being overly technical or factually bloated.
Most of the factual information about entheogens on the web has been ripped off from this book, often word for word. It really is that good.
I wish I’d bought this book years ago.