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

Plants of the Gods Their Sacred Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers Sacred hallucinogens PLANTS OF THE GODS are beautifully illustrated and characterized in this lexicon The authors elaborate in vivid detail plants focusing on that have had profound significa

  • Title: Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers
  • Author: Richard Evans Schultes Albert Hofmann
  • ISBN: 9780892814060
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sacred hallucinogens, PLANTS OF THE GODS, are beautifully illustrated and characterized in this lexicon The authors elaborate in vivid detail 91 plants, focusing on 14 that have had profound significance on human beings Included are rare photos of the plants and the people who have used them as well as ceremonies, sculpture, paintings, pottery, and weavings relating to tSacred hallucinogens, PLANTS OF THE GODS, are beautifully illustrated and characterized in this lexicon The authors elaborate in vivid detail 91 plants, focusing on 14 that have had profound significance on human beings Included are rare photos of the plants and the people who have used them as well as ceremonies, sculpture, paintings, pottery, and weavings relating to the ritual use of these sacred hallucinogens.

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    1. Years and years ago, when I was tiny, I made a short film for the BBC about Salvia divinorum, a Mexican plant which was in those days gaining some notoriety as a legal high. Imagining myself, with youthful hubris, as a sort of latter-day Aldous Huxley circa Doors of Perception, I pitched it to my editor by saying that I'd only make the film if I was allowed to get off my tits on the stuff personally in front of the camera. Since my editor rarely bothered to even look up when I went into his offi [...]

    2. As a worker who studies altered states of consciousness, I found this text to give needed background and context to the use of psychodelics in our culture. Are all trips flowers and sunshine? A well-photographed healing session with the shaman Maria Sabina as presented in this book would tell us no. Maria proclaims her patient's disease to be fatal, and his reaction is profound; working with psilocybin and cancer patients, our preliminary data presents some tearful, anxious reactions. However, M [...]

    3. Plants of the Gods is a collaborative work by ethnobotany greats Albert Hofmann, Richard Evans Schultes, and Christian Ratsch. It is an overview of various psychoactive plants and their uses in cultures of the past and present. It goes into detail on many of these plants, such as the morning glory vine Ololuiqui, the Peyote cactus, the Ayahausca brew, and DMT-containing snuff powders made from the Yopo. The book also discusses the roles of psychoactive plants in modern psychotherapy and medicine [...]

    4. You could call this a reference book for psychoactive plants but its awful fun and interesting to read compared to most of the dry reference books of all sorts I've read. Plants of the Gods is also full of nice illustrations and photographs. Schultes deserves a lot of credit for doing the leg work going into the back in the 1940s and collecting and learning about the uses of these plants long before the days of Ayahuasca tourism.

    5. Where would the West be without Schultes? He was the Director of the Botanical Museum at Harvard and can largely be credited with bringing significant entheogenic enthnobotanical knowledge to a wider audience. However, one can not give Schultes all the credit for this work. It helps when your co-authors are as brilliant as Christian Ratsch and the venerable Albert Hoffmann.If one is only moderately interested in the topic of hallucinogens, then this is the single book that should be sitting on y [...]

    6. I like this book because it gave me a history lesson on some of the plants that I have managed to obtain in my life so far. I was really happy to read about the Datura plant because I bought this flower four years ago and didn't realize that it had so much history to it. It is nice to find out the plants I have bought are intersected in the history of early civilizations. If you have any questions about certain "odd" looking plants, you need to see if they are in books like these.

    7. A surreal & mind opening window into people's sacred relationship with plants from around the world. Great photos/art to go along with the information. A true pioneer in Western study of ethnobotany following in the footsteps of Spruce yet blazing his own path like no other. More a scientist than a mystic but so respectful of his workheartfelt grattitude goes out to him for his yearn to explore & expand on the world as he knew it.

    8. Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing, and Hallucinogenic Powers by Richard Evans Schultes (Healing Arts Press 1992) ( 394) appears to be the bible of natural hallucinogens. It's a wonderful encyclopedia of the plants that have historically led humans to believe in gods and other worlds. It's a catalog with historical perspectives supplied and a very important book. My rating: 9/10, finished 3/20/14.

    9. Bonito manual de divulgación para gente interesada en plantas enteogénicas. Valioso por lo accesible de los datos técnicos, pero invaluable por resaltar la importancia étnica y religiosa de cada planta de los dioses.Como habitante de la vieja mesoamérica, me quedo con la sensación de estar rodeado de dioses. Ahora, no sólo quiero probar cada una de ellas, sino arañar el objetivo religioso de su consumo: la unidad.

    10. Very informative and interesting book. In depth about the subject matter, and amazing how many cultures apply properties of plants in their society. Makes me wonder why we now discontinue this type of practice. How is criminalization and punishment for use of plants address any issues of their possible downfalls?

    11. Some points are still outdated. It states for example that there are no known receptors in the human brain for Salvinorin A Also, some other minor ones such as Trichocereus spp. which years ago moved to the Echinopsis genus. In general it's a good book with lots of ethnographic and ethnobotanical information.

    12. "Entheogens could be the appropriate medicine for hyper-materialistic humanity."Beautifully illustrated with art, poetry, and hundreds of photos, this book is a respectful study of the biology, chemistry, anthropology, history, and culture of the use and cultivation of entheogens. Fascinating revelations about how plants & humans co-evolved.

    13. Schultes was the original Indiana Jones of the hallucinogenic plant. he was Terence McKenna 30 years before McKenna was born. in terms of identifying & cataloging the sacred plants used by tribal peoples, Schultes was (and is) THE GUY. this is where it all begins.

    14. Though some of the information here has dated by now, this is still a good chemical and ethnobotanical resource for all kinds of hallucinogenic plants. And the pictures! It features tons of great indigenous art, botanical illustrations and photos, and much more.

    15. Though not a "I can't wait to see what happens next" kind of book, in terms of info and photos, this is a fantastic compendium of the history of the world's psychoactive plants and how cultures have used them. These plants are everywhere in history, and have been used by everyone.

    16. Thorough and nearly exhausting resource denoting the different types and varieties of hallucination-causing plants from all over the world. Lots of colorful photographs and useful information as to the origins and uses of these various mushrooms, herbs, and other fun vegetation.

    17. Sopivaa luettavaa mm. shamanismista kiinnostuneille. Mielenkiintoinen ja laadukas kokonaisuus mutta valitettavasti sidontaan käytetty liima oli kuraa.

    18. Will keep this close by for future reference. Amazing knowledge hidden in ancient cultures, but sadly also lose with them.

    19. Nice graphics and some decent descriptions from both a scientific and an anthropological usage perspective. This is more a quick reference book than a serious guide, however.

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