Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of Ancient South America by Constantino M Torres,David B Repke

By Constantino M Torres,David B Repke

A multidisciplinary examine of pre-Columbian South America—centering at the psychoactive plant genus Anadenanthera

As cultures shaped and developed in pre-Columbian South the United States, Anadenanthera grew to become some of the most frequent shamanic inebriants. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historic South the USA is greater than a finished reference on shamanic visionary elements; it's a useful gizmo for archeologists and pre-Columbian artwork historians. This thorough publication examines the ritual and cultural use of Anadenanthera from prehistory to the current, besides its botany, chemistry, pharmacology, anthropology, and archeology.

The earliest proof for using psychoactive crops in South the US is supplied through continues to be of seeds and pods recovered from archeological websites 4 millennia outdated. numerous arrangements have been derived from it with the reason of being a shamanic inebriant. Inhaled throughout the nostril, smoked in pipes or as cigars, and ready in fermented beverages, Anadenanthera served a relevant function within the cultural improvement of indigenous societies in South the USA. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historic South the USA explores the entire spectrum of knowledge gleaned from study, overlaying various archeological websites within the Andean zone, in addition to discussing Amazonian shamanic rituals and lore. Analyses of the creative expressions in the of linked ceremonial paraphernalia reminiscent of ritual snuffing tubes and snuff trays are incorporated. The textual content is richly illustrated with images and pictures of adorned ritual implements, and offers a complete bibliography.

Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historical South the US explores:

  • botanical facets, taxonomy, and geographical distribution of Anadenanthera
  • ethnographical, ancient, and standard elements of Anadenanthera use
  • chemical and pharmacological investigations of the genus and a number of the visionary arrangements derived from it—with emphasis at the biologically lively constituents
  • theories of the mechanisms of motion of the lively tryptamines and carboline alkaloids
  • comparisons of wooden anatomy, morphology, and percent of alkaloid content material
  • overview of stylistic and iconographic traits

Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historic South the US is an intensive, resource for archeologists, anthropologists, chemists, researchers, pre-Columbian paintings historians, and any layperson drawn to pre-Columbian artwork, archeology, or visionary plants.

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