By Constantino M Torres,David B Repke

ISBN-10: 0789026414

ISBN-13: 9780789026415

ISBN-10: 0789026422

ISBN-13: 9780789026422

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

As cultures shaped and developed in pre-Columbian South the US, Anadenanthera turned essentially the most regular shamanic inebriants. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of old South the United States is greater than a complete reference on shamanic visionary elements; it's a useful gizmo for archeologists and pre-Columbian artwork 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 crops in South the US is equipped by way of continues to be of seeds and pods recovered from archeological websites 4 millennia previous. quite a few arrangements have been derived from it with the cause 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 principal position within the cultural improvement of indigenous societies in South the United States. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of old South the US explores the whole spectrum of knowledge gleaned from learn, overlaying a number of archeological websites within the Andean quarter, in addition to discussing Amazonian shamanic rituals and lore. Analyses of the creative expressions in the of linked ceremonial paraphernalia corresponding to ritual snuffing tubes and snuff trays are integrated. The textual content is richly illustrated with images and pictures of embellished ritual implements, and gives a complete bibliography.

Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historic South the United States explores:

  • botanical facets, taxonomy, and geographical distribution of Anadenanthera
  • ethnographical, ancient, and conventional facets of Anadenanthera use
  • chemical and pharmacological investigations of the genus and many of the visionary arrangements derived from it—with emphasis at the biologically energetic 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
  • evaluate of stylistic and iconographic traits

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

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