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Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant Of Ancient South America by Constantino M Torres, David B Repke

By Constantino M Torres, David B Repke

A multidisciplinary examine of pre-Columbian South America—centering at the psychoactive plant genus Anadenanthera

As cultures shaped and developed in pre-Columbian South the United States, Anadenanthera turned the most wide-spread shamanic inebriants. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historic South the USA is greater than a complete reference on shamanic visionary ingredients; it's a great tool for archeologists and pre-Columbian paintings historians. This thorough booklet examines the ritual and cultural use of Anadenanthera from prehistory to the current, in addition to its botany, chemistry, pharmacology, anthropology, and archeology.

The earliest proof for using psychoactive vegetation in South the US is supplied by means of is still of seeds and pods recovered from archeological websites 4 millennia outdated. quite a few arrangements have been derived from it with the reason of being a shamanic inebriant. Inhaled throughout the nostril, smoked in pipes or as cigars, and ready in fermented beverages, Anadenanthera served a imperative function within the cultural improvement of indigenous societies in South the USA. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historical South the United States explores the whole spectrum of knowledge gleaned from examine, overlaying a variety of archeological websites within the Andean area, in addition to discussing Amazonian shamanic rituals and lore. Analyses of the creative expressions in the of linked ceremonial paraphernalia reminiscent of ritual snuffing tubes and snuff trays are incorporated. The textual content is richly illustrated with pictures and photographs of embellished ritual implements, and gives a finished bibliography.

Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historic South the US explores:

botanical features, taxonomy, and geographical distribution of Anadenanthera

ethnographical, historic, and conventional elements of Anadenanthera use

chemical and pharmacological investigations of the genus and a few of the visionary arrangements derived from it—with emphasis at the biologically energetic elements

theories of the mechanisms of motion of the energetic tryptamines and carboline alkaloids

comparisons of wooden anatomy, morphology, and percent of alkaloid content material

evaluation of stylistic and iconographic characteristics

Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historical South the United States is a radical, resource for archeologists, anthropologists, chemists, researchers, pre-Columbian artwork historians, and any layperson attracted to pre-Columbian artwork, archeology, or visionary vegetation.

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