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Where the Gods Reign - Richard Evans Schultes

One River, Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rain Forest - Wade Davis

The Wondrous Mushroom, Mycolatry in MesoAmerica - R. Gordon Wasson

Maria Sabina: Her Life and Chants - Alvaro Estrada

Ethnobotany: The Evolution of a Discipline - Richard Evans Schultes & Siri Von Reis

Forest of Visions - Ayahuasca, Amazonian Spirituality, and the Santo Daime Tradition - Alex Polari De Alverga

Plants, People, and Culture - The Science of Ethnobotany - Michael J. Balick and Paul Alan Cox

The Shaman - Voyages of the Soul, Trance, Ecstasy, and Healing from Siberia to the Amazon - Piers Vitebsky

The Witch Doctor's Apprentice, Hunting for Medicinal Plants in the Amazon - Nicole Maxwell

Shamanism , Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy - Mircea Eliade

The Serpent and the Rainbow - Wade Davis

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice, An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest - Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D.

The Nature of Shamanism, Substance and Function of a Religious Metaphor - Michael Ripinsky-Naxon

Yanomamo, The Last Days of Eden - Napoleon A. Chagnon

Wizard of the Upper Amazon, the story of Manuel Cordova-Rios - F. Bruce Lamb

Tales of the Yanomami, Daily Life in the Venezuelan Forest - Jacques Lizot


Titles > Old Format >
  • Plant Intoxicants : A Classic Text on the Use of Mind-Altering Plants - Ernest Von Bibra; $15.26

      Includes coffees, teas, Amanita, Datura, coca, opium, Cannabis, khat, tobacco, betel, and others. Best scientific book of the time; also discusses social and economic issues. New translation. Extensive technical notes and references by Jonathan Ott. Index. Great.


  • Essential Substances : A Cultural History of Intoxicants in Society - Richard Rudgley; Paperback; $10.80

      Most of the substances discussed are psychedelics. Chapters cover stone-age drugs, early Cannabis and Amanita use, the Haoma/Soma question, New World hallucinogens, witches and the Solanaceae, and the stimulant plants. Bibliography and index.


  • Murder, Magic, and Medicine - John Mann; Paperback; $16.95

      Plant (and animal) sources of many poisons, hallucinogens, and medicines. History and neuropharmacology. Some on older psychedelics: Amanita, Cannabis, Solanaceae, Ipomoea, Psilocybe, Peyotl, ayahuasca, snuffs, tobacco, nutmeg, Iboga. Nice illustrations. Short bibliography and index.


  • Hallucinogens and Culture - Peter T. Furst; Paperback; $14.95

      Broad overview, by plant, for many cultures, of hallucinogen use. Includes tobacco, Cannabis, ibogaine, ayahuasca, lysergic acids, psilocybin and muscimole mushrooms, Peyote, Datura, the Virola snuffs, toads, and other flora and fauna, all presented in their cultural context. Good introduction to the field; recommended. References and index.


  • People of the Peyote : Huichol Indian History, Religion, & Survival - Stacy B. Schaefer, Peter T. Furst; Hardcover; $59.95

      Extensive, excellent, many faceted study of Huichol Indian development, culture, art, spirit, mythology, and other topics. These eighteen papers from around the world, both scholarly and sensitive, include material from decades of anthropology and directly from Huichols. Schaefer relates the meaning of peyote to Huichols, and describes their temple and its solar geometry. Also Huichol medicine, minority use of a Solanaceae plant, deer-maize-peyote trinity, wolf power, land of the dead, and current political and ecological challenges. Glossary, bibliography, index. Recommended.


  • Ethnobotany: Evolution of a Discipline - Richard Evans Schultes, Siri Von Reis; Hardcover; $44.96

      Rich collection of 36 new essays by masters in the study of people and their plants, edited by father of the field. Sections on anthropology, medicine, psychology, religion, and other elements. Ethnopharmacology section with papers on hallucinogens and more by Albert Hofmann, Bo Holmstedt, Dennis McKenna, Gordon Wasson, and others. Scientific name index.


  • The Nature of Shamanism : Substance and Function of a Religious Metaphor

      Best on beliefs and world-views of native shamans. Much on their mind-states and hallucinogens. How symbols, metaphor, and language define and describe alterations of consciousness. Psychotropic Universe, Ritual Drug Complex, Botanic Experience. Good references and bibliography.


  • Dreamtime and Inner Space : The World of the Shaman - Holger Kalweit; Paperback; $20.25

      Exploration of shaman's inner world, rituals and healing techniques, journeys of the soul out of the body to other geographies, shamanic initiation rites (including sacred drugs), connections to the underworld and heaven, transformative symbols, altered states, and other territories of the mind. Bibliography and index.


  • Shamanic Voices : A Survey of Visionary Narratives - Joan Halifax; Paperback; $12.55

      Shamans talk directly about their visions and work. Many plant shamans speak: Maria Sabina about mushrooms, Manuel Cordova-Rios about ayahuasca, several Huichol about Peyote. Stories of journeys to other worlds, healing, and personal transformation, References and bibliography (no index).


  • Shaman : An Illustrated Guide - Piers Vitebsky; Paperback; $11.96

      Colorful, illustrated introduction to world of the shaman. Sections on initiation, healing methods, and shamanic mental states and use of plants. Sources, bibliography, index. Great color photos!


  • Hallucinogens and Shamanism - Michael J. Harner; Paperback; $15.95

      Interesting comparison of traditional tribal ayahuasca use; Peyote and ayahuasca use in cultures becoming Westernized; hallucinogens in European witchcraft; and trans-cultural comparisons. "The Mushrooms of Language" explores what shaman's speech patterns tell us about their experience. Chapters by Marlene Dobkin de Rios and Claudio Naranjo. Bibliography and index.


  • Where the Gods Reign : Plants and Peoples of the Colombian Amazon - Richard E. Schultes; Paperback; $20.00

      Earlier book on ethnobotany of South American tribes. Covers wider ground, more in photographs than text. If you liked Vine of the Soul, adds background and flavor.


  • Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice : An Ethnobotanist Searches for New Medicines in the Amazon Rain Forest - Mark J. Plotkin; Paperback; $11.65

      Tells of his nine ethnobotanical trips to the North Amazon. Techniques for plant collection and learning plant lore from native shamans, not always easy. He also tries epena snuff. Includes bibliography and plant glossary (but no index).


  • Yanomamo : The Last Days of Eden - Napoleon A. Chagnon; Paperback; $15.30

      Case study of the cultural anthropology of a native tribe of the Amazon; their lifestyle, beliefs, social structure, and use of epena snuff. More descriptive of daily life and beliefs; not as much plant shamanism as Plotkin, not as personal as Donner. Discusses recent politics and danger of extinction.


  • Peyote : The Divine Cactus - Edward F. Anderson; Hardcover; $50.00

      Best introduction to the Peyote plant itself. Use in Mexico by the Huichol; use in the United States; Native American Peyote rituals (including Navajo variations); the Peyote user's experience; some medical uses; pharmacology (with doses and toxicity); chemistry of mescaline and other alkaloids (with structures of 57); botany (with cultivation); legal status; good bibliography and index. Recommended.


  • The Peyote Cult - Weston LA Barre; Paperback; $16.16

      Very good on ethnobotany (cultural use) of Peyote. Scholarly history of ritual and other uses by many peoples; Huichol, Tarahumari, Apache, and Kiowa-Comanche. Interesting appendices: Peyote and the Mescal Bean, Christian Elements in the Peyote Cult, others. Also Peyote botany and chemistry, and summarizes many other studies.


  • Peyote Religion : A History - Omer C. Stewart; Paperback; $15.26

      Great history of Native American Church. Background on Peyote and use in 19th century. Start and spread of Peyotism, 1885 to 1918. Later 20th century developments. Appendices describe variations in ritual in great detail, and one church's canon. Large bibliography. Very readable.


  • The Peyote Religion Among the Navaho - David Friend Aberle; Paperback; $22.46

      Specific study of Navaho use of Peyote. Gives a history of the Navaho, their Peyote rituals and beliefs, the internal controversy over its use, and research into causes and effects of Peyote use. Scholarly, detailed, and sympathetic.


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