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Vine of the Soul: Medicine Men, Their Plants and Rituals in the Colombian Amazonia

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The most comprehensive collection of authoritative writings on the subject ever published. A panorama of texts translated from nearly a dozen languages on the ayahuasca experience. These include indigenous mythic narratives and testimonies, religious hymns, as well as narratives related by western travelers, scientists, and writers who have had contact with ayahuasa in different contexts. Some of the material in this Reader has been published before in difficult to find journals and books in a variety of ...
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Overview

The most comprehensive collection of authoritative writings on the subject ever published. A panorama of texts translated from nearly a dozen languages on the ayahuasca experience. These include indigenous mythic narratives and testimonies, religious hymns, as well as narratives related by western travelers, scientists, and writers who have had contact with ayahuasa in different contexts. Some of the material in this Reader has been published before in difficult to find journals and books in a variety of languages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780907791317
  • Publisher: Synergetic Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Known as the father of contemporary ethnobotany, he has carried out extensive field studies, particularly in the Amazon. He received numerous awards including the Cross of Boyaca, Colombia's highest honor, and the annual Gold Medal of the World Wildlife Fund. In 1987 he received the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and in 1992 he was awarded the Linnean Gold Medal, the highest award a botanist can receive. Dr. Schultes was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Linnean Society of London, three Latin American Academies,

Spent 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry concentrating on the search for novel medicinal agents from natural sources, which included several expeditions to Amazon with Dr. Schultes. A fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Research Associate of the Botanical Museum of Harvard University.

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Table of Contents

Dedication iv
Preface v
Foreword 1
Introduction (including acknowledgements) 8
Plants in Cosmic Communication 20
Payes in the Community 64
Plants of Secondary Importance 86
Indian Beliefs 142
Religion
Superstitions
Sacred Dances 164
Music
Masks
Abodes of Spirits 192
Forests
Rivers and Rapids
Mountains
Caves and Crevasses
Sculptured Rocks
Births and Contraception 220
Art and Architecture 230
Petroglyphs
Wall Paintings
The Maloca and the Cosmos
Hunting and Fishing Rituals and Plants 242
Curare
Fish Poisons
Epilogue 274
Glossary 276
Index to Quotations 280
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