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Shroom

A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
 | 
February, 2008
ISBN:
9780060828295
In stock now: 
2
$23.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Is Santa Claus really a magic mushroom in disguise? Was Alice in Wonderland a thinly veiled psychedelic mushroom odyssey? Did mushroom tea kick-start ancient Greek philosophy?

Much stranger than the fictions it has inspired, the world of the magic mushroom is a place where shamans and hippies rub shoulders with psychiatrists, poets and international bankers. The magic mushroom was only rediscovered 50 years ago, but has accumulated all sorts of folktales and urban legends along the way. In this timely and definitive study, Andy Letcher strips away the myths to get at the true story of how hallucinogenic mushrooms, once shunned in the West as the most pernicious of poisons, came to be a plant medicine of choice for many people, and for many uses.

Chronicling the history of the magic mushroom from its use by the Aztecs of Central America and the tribes of Siberia through to the present day, Letcher takes a critical and humorous look at the drug’s more recent manifestations.

Since the 1970s we have identified hundreds of hallucinogenic species, isolated their active ingredients, learned how to cultivate them on an industrial scale, and spread them around the world. More than any other civilization that has come before us, we can claim to be magic mushroom enthusiasts.

Informative, lively, and impeccably researched, Shroom presents a unique and engaging study.

“This is that most wondrous of finds; a magic mushroom book that dares to confront modern orthodoxy, and does so in a way that actually advances our knowledge in the field… Some mushroom enthusiasts spend their entire careers on the other side of the looking glass, but Letcher’s climb up out of the mycological rabbit hole has let in a much-needed breath of fresh air. Shroom makes everything that has come before it look like a fairy tale.” —James Kent, Dose Nation

“Liberty Caps off to Andy Letcher for steering such a wise path through this garden of earthly delights.” —­Strange Attractor

Publisher’s Description: 

Did mushroom tea kick-start ancient Greek philosophy?
Was Alice's Adventures in Wonderland a thinly veiled psychedelic mushroom odyssey?
Is Santa Claus really a magic mushroom in disguise?

The world of the magic mushroom is a place where shamans and hippies rub shoulders with psychiatrists, poets, and international bankers. Since its rediscovery only fifty years ago, this hallucinogenic fungus, once shunned in the West as the most pernicious of poisons, has inspired a plethora of folktales and urban legends. In this timely and definitive study, Andy Letcher chronicles the history of the magic mushroomfrom its use by the Aztecs of Central America and the tribes of Siberia through to the present daystripping away the myths and taking a critical and humorous look at the drug's more recent manifestations.

Informative, lively, and impeccably researched, Shroom is a unique and engaging exploration of this most extraordinary of psychedelics.

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