Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution (Paperback)

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Provocatively spoken, with a voice that is both passionate and well informed, McKenna theorizes that a plant with psychedelic properties was the true source that broke humanity into consciousness thousands of years ago, and that our long trek away from nature is what led us to misery and self-abandonment. His anthropological stories and details alone are worth the read for anyone curious about drug culture, and how and why we've come to demonize entire cultures based on their disposition. A good precursor to Michael Pollan's How to Change Your Mind.

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An exploration of humans' symbiotic relationships with plants and chemicals presents information on prehistoric partnership societies, the roles of spices and spirits in the rise of dominator societies; and the politics of tobacco, tea, coffee, opium, and alcohol.

Why, as a species, are humans so fascinated by altered states of consciousness? Can altered states reveal something to us about our origins and our place in nature? In Food of the Gods, ethnobotanist Terence McKenna’s research on man’s ancient relationship with chemicals opens a doorway to the divine, and perhaps a solution for saving our troubled world. McKenna provides a revisionist look at the historical role of drugs in the East and the West, from ancient spice, sugar, and rum trades to marijuana, cocaine, synthetics, and even television—illustrating the human desire for the “food of the gods” and the powerful potential to replace abuse of illegal drugs with a shamanic understanding, insistence on community, reverence for nature, and increased self-awareness.
 
Praise for Food of the Gods

“Deserves to be the modern classic on mind-altering drugs and hallucinogens.”The Washington Post
 
“Terence McKenna is the most important—and most entertaining—visionary scholar in America.”—Tom Robbins
 
“The culture’s foremost spokesperson for the psychedelic experience . . . Those who know and enjoy Joseph Campbell’s work will almost certainly appreciate McKenna.”L.A. Weekly
 
“An eloquent proposal for recovering something vital—a sense of the sacred, the transcendent, the Absolute—before it’s too late.”—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Meaning & Medicine, Recovering the Soul, and Space, Time & Machine

About the Author


Terence McKenna, author and explorer, has traveled the world to work and live with shamans. He has added to their shared knowledge of rituals his own efforts to preserve the plants used in these ceremonies. Coauthor of The Invisible Landscape and Psilocybin: The Magic Mushroom Grower’s Guide, Terence mesmerizes his many lecture audiences with tales of science and shamanism. He lives in Occidental, California, and is co-manager of a botanical garden in Hawaii for endangered tropical plants.

Praise For…


“Deserves to be the modern classic on mind-altering drugs and hallucinogens.”The Washington Post
 
“Terence McKenna is the most important—and most entertaining—visionary scholar in America.”—Tom Robbins
 
“The culture’s foremost spokesperson for the psychedelic experience . . . Those who know and enjoy Joseph Campbell’s work will almost certainly appreciate McKenna.”L.A. Weekly
 
“An eloquent proposal for recovering something vital—a sense of the sacred, the transcendent, the Absolute—before it’s too late.”—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Meaning & Medicine, Recovering the Soul, and Space, Time & Machine


Product Details
ISBN: 9780553371307
ISBN-10: 0553371304
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: January 1st, 1993
Pages: 336
Language: English
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