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 advanced in pre-Columbian South the USA, Anadenanthera grew to become essentially the most universal shamanic inebriants. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of old South the US is greater than a accomplished reference on shamanic visionary elements; it's a useful gizmo for archeologists and pre-Columbian paintings historians. This thorough ebook 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 crops in South the USA is equipped via continues to be of seeds and pods recovered from archeological websites 4 millennia outdated. a variety of arrangements have been derived from it with the reason of being a shamanic inebriant. Inhaled in the course of the nostril, smoked in pipes or as cigars, and ready in fermented beverages, Anadenanthera served a important function within the cultural improvement of indigenous societies in South the United States. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historical South the US explores the complete spectrum of data gleaned from study, overlaying various archeological websites within the Andean sector, in addition to discussing Amazonian shamanic rituals and lore. Analyses of the inventive expressions in the of linked ceremonial paraphernalia equivalent to ritual snuffing tubes and snuff trays are incorporated. The textual content is richly illustrated with images and pictures of embellished ritual implements, and offers a accomplished bibliography.

Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of old South the USA explores:

  • botanical elements, taxonomy, and geographical distribution of Anadenanthera
  • ethnographical, historic, and conventional facets of Anadenanthera use
  • chemical and pharmacological investigations of the genus and some of the visionary arrangements derived from it—with emphasis at the biologically lively constituents
  • theories of the mechanisms of motion of the energetic tryptamines and carboline alkaloids
  • comparisons of wooden anatomy, morphology, and percent of alkaloid content material
  • review of stylistic and iconographic traits

Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historical South the US is a radical, resource for archeologists, anthropologists, chemists, researchers, pre-Columbian paintings historians, and any layperson drawn to pre-Columbian artwork, archeology, or visionary plants.

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