Erowid
 
 
Plants - Drugs Mind - Spirit Freedom - Law Arts - Culture Library  
Follow @Erowid on Twitter!
cover image
Spiritual Community Guide Series
Rating :
rating
Author(s) :
Erik Perlman
Pages :
289
Pub Date :
1980
Edition(s) at Erowid :
---(---)
Publisher :
Houghton Mifflin Co
ISBN :
0395911540
BACK COVER #
This book surveys the uses of mind-altering plants in eleven societies in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Guinea, ranging from the hunter-gatherers to complex ancient civilizations such as the Incas. The lay reader with a general interest in primitive ritual, religion, and healing will find a great deal of information in this concise volume, which is illustrated with drawings of plants that can produce altered states of consciousness and with reproductions of ancient peruvian art.

Several themes emerge from de Rios's cross-cultural examination of sacred plants. She argues convincingly that plant hallucinogens, which have bgeen used from time immemorial, influenced human evolution. She also discusses religious beliefs that may have been influenced by the mind-altering properties of particular plants, and she focuses on the ways hallucinogens have incluenced ethical and moral systems.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S) / EDITOR(S) #
Marlene Dobkin De Rios is professor of anthropolgy and director of faculty research at California State University, Fullerton.