Garden of Eden: The Shamanic Use of Psychoactive Flora and Fauna, and the Study of Consciousness
31cm x 21.5cm. 510 pages, black and white illustrations. Illustrated matte papered boards.
The first and only print edition of the encyclopaedic magnum opus of Australian ethnobotanist Snu Voogelbreinder in which is explored “the vast world of psychoactive plants, animals and other organisms, and their uses in shamanism, spiritual exploration and healing. Encompassing scientific research, personal experience, ancient knowledge and esoteric philosophies, a multidisciplinary approach is taken, giving a wide view of the effects of natural substances on the mind, with an emphasis towards beneficial outcomes. Preliminary information is given regarding neurochemistry, drug-free consciousness alteration, and methods of use, from cultivation or wild-sourcing through to harvesting, processing, consumption, and navigation of the effects. Thousands of species from over 1700 genera are discussed, with over 440 genera covered in greater detail, including botanical and zoological descriptions. Also included are a detailed index of natural chemicals of particular interest, and a huge bibliography containing thousands of reference entries.” (rear cover) Initially published in a limited run of 500 copies, less were distributed due to printing errors. Only 1 copy in OCLC, none in Australia.
Minor shelf wear. Spine tail and tail fore-edge corner of upper board lightly pushed. Minor foxing and soiling to edges. Very Good Condition.