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Sacred And Herbal Healing Beers

A World Quest
Paperback Book
Siris Books
October, 1998
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Banyen's Description: 

This is the first comprehensive book ever written on the sacred aspects of the herbal healing beers of the world. It is a deep exploration into the use of sacred fermented herbal beverages in ancient and indigenous human history. Buhner identifies nearly 200 plants and their medicinal, spiritual, sacred, and ceremonial properties when used as fermented beverages. He writes that fermentation and plant use—as medicine, psychotropics, teachers, and companions on life’s path—are part of the exploration of what it means to be human.

In the spirit of Carlos Castaneda, Buhner forges a quest in pursuit of the experiential. Clues and signposts are provided with breathing points along the way. The book’s chapters evoke the poetry and sacred territory of humanity’s ancient involvement in the magic of fermentation; and include 120 recipes from primary sources (both traditional and contemporary) for indigenous, sacred and herbal healing beers.

The gift of beer throughout myth and oral tradition is firmly connected to both a divine origin and an easing of human pain in the face of mortality. Though the many origin stories of fermentation and the plants associated with it vary from culture to culture, this common thread can be found... It is impossible to grasp the nature of our ancestors’ relationship with plants and fermentation without understanding that they believed actions of the sacred were at the heart of their world.

Also by Stephen Harrod Buhner are Sacred Plant Medicine and One Spirit, Many Peoples.

Publisher’s Description: 

This is the first comprehensive book ever written on the sacred aspects of indigenous, historical psychotropic and herbal healing beers of the world.

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