Food of the Gods

Food of the Gods

The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

Book - 1993
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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.

Why, as a species, are humans so fascinated by altered states of consciousness? Can altered states reveal something to us about our origins and our place in nature? In Food of the Gods , ethnobotanist Terence McKenna's research on man's ancient relationship with chemicals opens a doorway to the divine, and perhaps a solution for saving our troubled world. McKenna provides a revisionist look at the historical role of drugs in the East and the West, from ancient spice, sugar, and rum trades to marijuana, cocaine, synthetics, and even television--illustrating the human desire for the "food of the gods" and the powerful potential to replace abuse of illegal drugs with a shamanic understanding, insistence on community, reverence for nature, and increased self-awareness.

Praise for Food of the Gods

"Deserves to be the modern classic on mind-altering drugs and hallucinogens." -- The Washington Post

"Terence McKenna is the most important--and most entertaining--visionary scholar in America." --Tom Robbins

"The culture's foremost spokesperson for the psychedelic experience . . . Those who know and enjoy Joseph Campbell's work will almost certainly appreciate McKenna." -- L.A. Weekly

"An eloquent proposal for recovering something vital--a sense of the sacred, the transcendent, the Absolute--before it's too late." --Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Meaning & Medicine , Recovering the Soul , and Space, Time & Machine
Publisher: New York ;, Toronto :, Bantam Books,, [1993]
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9780553371307
Branch Call Number: ANF 362.29 MCK
Characteristics: xxi, 311 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Jun 08, 2017

Some are foods and some are drugs. But what about tea and chocolate; sugar and opium; LSD and alcohol? There's some history; there's some usage. Some will like this book and some will not. Reading it is easy enough --- agreeing with it is, at least in parts, not. Judge foy yourself.

Nov 14, 2013

I liked this quote:

"The idea that nature might be an organism whose interconnected components act upon and communicate with one another through the release of chemical signals into the environment is only now beginning to be carefully studied."

And you also get a new vocabulary word (in use throughout the book) to summarize this concept: "exopheromones". Let's try to use that in a sentence, shall we? How about, "Sitting in the garden, we immersed ourselves in the fragrant exopheromones of lavender and rosemary. The plants seemed to be saying to us, Chill out why don't you."

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