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Vine of the Soul

Medicine Men, Their Plants and Rituals in the Colombian Amazonia
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Synergetic Press
 | 
January, 2004
ISBN:
9780907791317
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$39.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Professors Schultes and Raffauf, in this handsome re-issue of their classic book, take us on a journey to a place where healing with plants is the norm, and where ritual and magic play an essential role in everyday life. This book is the story of a time that was — a time when Amazon Indians, living in their verdant and expansive rainforest environment, had a minimum of contact with cultures of the outside world. Thus, we have a first-hand picture of traditional life in this region.

Vine of the Soul is an exceptional photographic essay accompanied by detailed descriptions on the Amazon Indian’s use of medicinal and other sacred plant substances. Included are over 160 of the most significant photographs ever taken on this subject, and an extraordinary amount of information on the ethnobotany and phytochemistry of the plants used by people from this region.

“Quite simply a masterpiece...Vine of the Soul deserves to be read by everyone interested in rainforests, indigenous peoples, shamanism, hallucinogens, ethnomedicine, and conservation.” —Mark Plotkin, Conservation International.

Vine of the Soul is a companion volume to Schultes’ earlier book Where the Gods Reign: Plants and Peoples of the Colombian Amazon.

Publisher’s Description: 

"This collaboration has created an exceptional photographic essay accompanied by detailed descriptions of the Amazon Indians’ use of medicinal and other sacred plant substances. Through over 160 documentary photographs, taken in the ’40s and ’50s, and their commentaries, the reader is guided on a journey where healing with plants is the norm and where ritual and magic play an essential role in everyday life.



Dr. Richard Evans Schultes is acknowledged as a world famous ethnobotanist and one of the greatest Amazon explorers; Dr.Robert F. Raffauf is a leading scientist in the pharmaceutical field and the search for natural sources for medicinal agents.



""We have here a wonderful integration of ethnobotany, chemistry and photography to produce a book that will long be an important historic record of one of the threatened cultures of the world.""

Sir Ghillean T. Prance (Foreword)

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