Plants of the Gods by Schultes, Hofman and Ratsch
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Three scientific titans join forces to completely revise the classic text on the ritual uses of psycoactive 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 these plants, which are known to transport the human mind into another dimension of conciousness, have always been regarded as sacred. The authors details the uses of hallucinogens in sacred shamanic rights 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 psycoactive flora.
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