visión de conjunto:Críticas Richard Evans Schultes has been the nexus of almost everything interesting and supportive concerned with economic and cultural uses of plants. Plants of the Gods gives precise and illuminating portraits of the many peoples of the Earth who pay homage to and gain insights with the aid of psychedelic plants: an exquisite thoroughly scholarly book. * Whole Earth Review * It contains an incredible amount of rigorous and fascinating information in a highly accessible beautiful and compelling format. * Journal of Scientific Exploration October 2003 * Carefully researched beautifully written and abundantly illustrated this book reminds us that the use of hallucinogenic plants has been a fundamental part of the human experience for millennia. * Michael R. Aldrich Ph.D. Curator Fitz Hugh Ludlow Library * This superbly illustrated encyclopedic volume provides a much needed well-balanced scientific perspective on the use of hallucinogenic plants. Richard Evans Schultes the worlds most eminent ethnobotanist and Albert Hofmann the former research director at Sandoz Pharmaceuticals emphasize the need for continued education about both the potential benefits and the inherent dangers involved in the use of hallucinogens. * Shaman's Drum * Reseña del editor World-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist Christian Ratsch provides the latest scientific updates to this classic work on psychoactive flora by two eminent researchers. - Numerous new and rare color photographs complement the completely revised and updated text. - Explores the uses of hallucinogenic plants in shamanic rituals throughout the world. - Cross-referenced by plant illness preparation season of collection and chemical constituents. - First edition sold 33000 copies. Three scientific titans join forces to completely revise the classic text on the ritual uses of psychoactive plants. They provide a fascinating testimony of these andquot;plants of the godsandquot; tracing their uses throughout the world and their significance in shaping culture and history. In the traditions of every culture plants have been highly valued for their nourishing healing and transformative properties. The most powerful of those plants which are known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness have always been regarded as sacred. The authors detail the uses of hallucinogens in sacred shamanic rites while providing lucid explanations of the biochemistry of these plants and the cultural prayers songs and dances associated with them. The text is lavishly illustrated with 400 rare photographs of plants people ceremonies and art related to the ritual use of the world's sacred psychoactive flora. Biografía del autor Christian Rtsch Ph.D. is a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist who specializes in the shamanic uses of plants for spiritual as well as medicinal purposes. He studied Mesoamerican languages and cultures and anthropology at the University of Hamburg and spent altogether three years of fieldwork among the Lacandone Indians in Chiapas Mexico being the only European fluent in their language. He then received a fellowship from the German academic service for foreign research the Deutsche Akademische Auslandsdienst (DAAD) to realize his doctoral thesis on healing spells and incantations of the Lacandone-Maya at the University of Hamburg Germany. In addition to his work in Mexico his numerous fieldworks have included research in Thailand Bali the Seychelles as well as a long-term study (18 years) on shamanism in Nepal combined with expeditions to Korea and the Peruvian and Colombian Amazon. He also was a scientific anthropological advisor for expeditions organized by German magazines such as GEOand Spektrum der Wissenschaften(Spectrum of Sciences). Before becoming a full-time author and internationally renowned lecturer Rtsch worked as professor of anthropology at the University of Bremen and served as consultant advisor for many German museums. Because of his extensive collection of shells fossils artifacts and entheopharmacological items he has had numerous museum expositions on these topics. He is the author of numerous articles and more than 40 books including Plants of Love Gateway to Inner Space Marijuana Medicineand The Dictionary of Sacred and Magical Plants.He is also coauthor of Plants of the Gods Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayasand Witchcraft Medicineand is editor of the Yearbook of Ethnomedicine and the Study of Consciousness.A former member of the board of advisors of the European College for the Study of Consciousness (ECSC) and former president of the Association of Ethnomedicine he lives in Hamburg Germany.