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Food of the Gods

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A Manifesto for New Thought about Drugs.

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As an odyssey of mind, body and spirit, Food of the Gods is one of the most fascinating and surprising histories of consciousness ever written and as a daring work of scholarship and exploration, it offers an inspiring vision for individual fulfilment and a humane basis for our interaction with each other and with the natural world.

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"Deserves to be a modern classic on mind-altering drugs and hallucinogens."      ~The Washington Post

"McKenna's daring leaps of thought and radical vision force us to recognize our limited understanding of the legacy of drug use and its impact on our world... His startling conclusions will delight... and outrage."      ~Booklist

"A masterpiece of research and writing, this volume should be read by every specialist working in the multifarious fields involved with the use of psychoactive drugs - even though many readers may not accept its message. It is a venturesome call to review or even reassess our prevalent thoughts, customs and laws concerning drugs."       ~Richard Evans Schultes

Excerpt
"In the absence of a partnership community and with the loss of the psychoactive plants that catalyze and maintain partnership, nostalgia for paradise appears quite naturally in a dominator society. The abandonment of the original catalyst for the emergence of self-reflection and language, the Stropharia cubensis psilocybin-containing mushroom, has been a process with four distinct stages. Each stage represents a further dilution of awareness of the power and the numinous meaning resident in the mystery.

The first step away from the symbiosis of the human-fungal partnership that characterized the early pastoralist societies was the introduction of other psychoactive plant substitutes for the original mushroom. This psychoactivity can range from being equal in the depths of its profundity to the Stropharia cubensis psilocybin intoxication, as in the case with the classical hallucinogens of the New World tropics, to being relatively trivial. Examples of the latter are the use of Ephedra, a stimulant, and fermented honey as Soma substitutes."

Author McKenna, Terence
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 336 pp.
Publisher Bantam Books 1993
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