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By Gary Seaman, Jane S. Day

ISBN-10: 0585003963

ISBN-13: 9780585003962

ISBN-10: 0870813420

ISBN-13: 9780870813429

Shamanism is the world's oldest faith. The rituals and ideology of this old culture have been carried from Asia and Siberia into the recent international through nomadic searching bands starting 12,000 years in the past. This detailed choice of essays on shamanism in principal Asia and the Indian Americas offers sound and fascinating scholarship that displays the good variety during this attention-grabbing box. First released in 1994, "Ancient Traditions" has develop into a necessary, usually brought up reference within the ongoing examine of historical religions. Over the centuries, shamanism has persisted as an abiding subject of curiosity not just due to a human trouble with the previous but additionally due to a typical craving to recognize existence lived in nearer symbolic courting to the earth. For readers drawn to indigenous cultures and religions, this number of essays clarifies a lot of the recent Age hypothesis on universals in shamanism, delivering good study on particular ethnic and ancient expressions.

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The findings do not mean that the plants necessarily are a cure for AIDS; many substances that kill the virus in the test tube are ineffective or unusable in the body. But all the plants that showed promise in this test will go through further testing" (June 11, 1991, C1, C6). There are apt to be "great medications to be discovered in the other plant species," Balick told the Times. "But because the speciesand the people who know their usesare disappearing so quickly, we have just ten to 15 years to do this work" (June 11, 1991, C1, C6).

This was followed by descriptions, by Fray Bernadino Sahagún and other sixteenth-century chroniclers, of Aztec use of peyote, morning glory seeds, mushrooms, and other ritual intoxicants. The literature on these remarkable plants is considerable, much of it published since the 1960s on their botany, chemistry, history, and functions in different cultures. I will say here simply that traditional peoples do not use their sacred plants for recreation or entertainment or to search for "nonordinary realities" or to escape unbearable conditions of daily life but to confirm, in direct contact with the superior beings and ancestors, the validity of their culture.

The oldest cache of Sophora seeds was even older than the beginnings of the Desert Culture phase, c. , because archaeologists found them in association with the bones of giant bison of the long-extinct species Bison antiquus and Folsom and Plainview projectile points. C. , respectively, providing the use of Sophora with an uninterrupted genealogy of over ten millennia. C. D. 1000, often together with another psychoactive species, Ungnadia speciosa (Furst 1976:8).

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