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El Bejuco del Alma: Los Medicos Tradicionales de La Amazonia Colombiana, Sus Plantas y Sus Rituales
This companion volume to Schultes' previous work is a superb collection of photos taken during 20 years of research in the Colombian Amazon. Thematically organized around the 'visionary vines' (banisteriopsis, ayahuasca), hallucinogenic plants and snuffs among native peoples, volume ranges widely over ethnobotany, shamanism, art, ritual, and natural phenomena in western Am ...more
Hardcover, 284 pages
Published 2004 by Ediciones Uniandes
(first published August 1992)
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As fabulous and unique as the countless reviews here say, a seminal ethnobotany book as important for its simple existence as for its masterful execution. Are Columbian Amazonian shamans (or "medicine men" of many possible names) and their tribes able to communicate directly with animals and plants, and do they possess complex means of traveling to alternate psychic and physical realities? Can a combination of (animistic) belief, rhythm, color and strong plant medicine provide people with more d ...more
Richard Evans Schultes (SHULL-tees) (January 12, 1915 – April 10, 2001) may be considered the father of modern ethnobotany, for his studies of indigenous peoples' (especially the indigenous peoples of the Americas) uses of plants, including especially entheogenic or hallucinogenic plants (particularly in Mexico and the Amazon), for his lifelong collaborations with chemists, and for his charismatic ...moreMore about Richard Evans Schultes...