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Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge

McKenna, Terence

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ISBN 10: 0553078682 / ISBN 13: 9780553078688
Published by Bantam Books, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1992
Condition: As New Hardcover
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**First Printing, March 1992 (full-#-line).** Pristine copy, unmarked and with numerous photos, drawings, and works of art. In an as new dust jacket. Collectible and scarce. Praise for Food of the Gods ---- "Terence McKenna is the most important -- and most entertaining -- visionary scholar in America. To be uninformed of his ethnobotanical discoveries is to be oblivious to the central thrust of human consciousness, which is not to survive with the dung beetles, but to soar with the gods." -- Tom Robbins. and "Brilliant, provocative, opinionated, poetic, and inspiring -- here is a truly prophetic voice calling us back to original vision. Essential reading for anyone who ever wondered why people take drugs." -- Rupert Sheldrake, author of The Rebirth of Nature. Bookseller Inventory # 000774

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Title: Food of the Gods: The Search for the ...

Publisher: Bantam Books, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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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. 17,500 first printing.

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The ethnobotanist co-author of Psilocybin: The Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide (not reviewed) puts forth the theory that magic mushrooms are the original ``tree of knowledge'' and that the general lack of psychedelic exploration is leading Western society toward eventual collapse or destruction--controversial statements, to say the least, though the argument's details often prove fascinating. In the beginning, McKenna tells us, there were protohumans with small brains and plenty of genetic competition, and what eventually separated the men from the apes was an enthusiasm for the hallucinogenic mushrooms that grew on the feces of local cattle. Claiming that psilocybin in the hominid diet would have enhanced eyesight, sexual enjoyment, and language ability and would have thereby placed the mushroom-eaters in the front lines of genetic evolution--eventually leading to hallucinogen-ingesting shamanistic societies, the ancient Minoan culture, and some Amazonian tribes today--McKenna also asserts that the same drugs are now outlawed in the US because of their corrosive effect on our male-dominated, antispiritual society. Unconsciously craving the vehicles by which our ancestors expanded their imaginations and found meaning in their lives, he says, we feast on feeble substitutes: coffee, sugar, and chocolate, which reinforce competition and aggressiveness; tobacco, which destroys our bodies; alcohol, whose abuse leads to male violence and female degradation; TV, which deadens our senses; and the synthetics--heroin, cocaine and their variations--which leave us victimized by our own addiction. On the other hand, argues McKenna, magic mushrooms, used in a spiritually enlightened, ritual manner, can open the door to greater consciousness and further the course of human evolution- -legalization of all drugs therefore is, he says, an urgent necessity. Provocative words--often captivating, but not often convincing. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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