Vine of the Soul
Medicine Men, their Plants and Rituals in the Colombian Amazonia
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BACK COVER #Professors Schultes and Raffauf in this new book take us on a journey to a place where healing with plants is the norm, and where ritual and magic play an essential role in everyday life. This book is the story of a time that was -- when the Amazon Indians, living in their verdant and expansive rainforest, had a minimum of contact with cultures of the outside world. Thus, we have a firsthand picture of traditional life in this region.
In Vine of the Soul --a companion book to Where the Gods Reign-- Drs. Schultes and Raffauf collaborate to produce an exceptional photographic essay accompanied by detailed descriptions of the Amazon Indian's use of medicinal and other sacred plant substances. Included are over 160 of the most significant photographs ever taken on this subject.
BLURBS #"Quite simply a masterpiece . . . Vine of the Soul deserves to be read by everyone interested in rainforests, indigenous peoples, shamanism, hallucinogens, ethnomedicine, and conservation."
--Mark Plotkin, V.P. Plant Conservation, Conservation International
"We have her a wonderful integration of ethnobotany, chemistry, and photography to produce a book that will long be an important historic record of one of the threatened cultures of the world. I hope that readers learning about ayahuasca, the vine of the soul, and other psychoactive drugs discussed here will have their concern heightened for the future fate of the Amazon Indians and their societies."
-- Ghillean T. Prance, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, from the Forward