Visionary Plant of Ancient South America
Normal Price: $200.00
Your Price: $168.00 AUD, inc. GST
Shipping: $7.95 per order
You Save: $32.00! (16% off normal price)
Plus...earn $8.40 in Boomerang Bucks
Availability: Available, ships in 7-10 days
Anadenanthera by Constantino M. Torres
Book DescriptionA multidisciplinary study of pre-Columbian South America--centering on the psychoactive plant genus Anadenanthera As cultures formed and evolved in pre-Columbian South America, Anadenanthera became one of the most widely used shamanic inebriants. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of Ancient South America is more than a comprehensive reference on shamanic visionary substances; it is a useful tool for archeologists and pre-Columbian art historians. This thorough book examines the ritual and cultural use of Anadenanthera from prehistory to the present, along with its botany, chemistry, pharmacology, anthropology, and archeology. The earliest evidence for the use of psychoactive plants in South America is provided by remains of seeds and pods recovered from archeological sites four millennia old. Various preparations were derived from it with the intent of being a shamanic inebriant. Inhaled through the nose, smoked in pipes or as cigars, and prepared in fermented drinks, Anadenanthera served a central role in the cultural development of indigenous societies in South America. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of Ancient South America explores the full spectrum of information gleaned from research, covering numerous archeological sites in the Andean region, as well as discussing Amazonian shamanic rituals and lore. Analyses of the artistic expressions within the decorations of associated ceremonial paraphernalia such as ritual snuffing tubes and snuff trays are included. The text is richly illustrated with photographs and images of decorated ritual implements, and provides a comprehensive bibliography. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of Ancient South America explores: * botanical aspects, taxonomy, and geographical distribution of Anadenanthera * ethnographical, historical, and traditional aspects of Anadenanthera use * chemical and pharmacological investigations of the genus and the various visionary preparations derived from it--with emphasis on the biologically active constituents * theories of the mechanisms of action of the active tryptamines and carboline alkaloids * comparisons of wood anatomy, morphology, and percentage of alkaloid content * evaluation of stylistic and iconographic traits Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of Ancient South America is a thorough, useful resource for archeologists, anthropologists, chemists, researchers, pre-Columbian art historians, and any layperson interested in pre-Columbian art, archeology, or visionary plants.
Buy Anadenanthera book by Constantino M. Torres from Australia's Online Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9780789026415
(212mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Haworth Press Inc
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 24-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Constantino M. Torres
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Anadenanthera book by Constantino M. Torres and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a member - it's free to sign up!)
Bestselling Books: Our Current Bestsellers | Australia's Hottest 1000 Books | Bestselling Fiction | Bestselling Crime Mysteries and Thrillers | Bestselling Non Fiction Books | Bestselling Sport Books | Bestselling Gardening and Handicrafts Books | Bestselling Biographies | Bestselling Food and Drink | Bestselling History | Bestselling Travel Books | Bestselling School Textbooks & Study Guides | Bestselling Children's General Non-Fiction | Bestselling Young Adult Fiction | Bestselling Children's Fiction | Bestselling Picture Books | Top 100 US Bestsellers
Phone: 1300 36 33 32 (9am-2pm Mon-Fri AEST) - International: +61 2 9960 7998 - Online Form
Address: Boomerang Books, 878 Military Road, Mosman Junction, NSW, 2088
© 2003-2016. All Rights Reserved. Eclipse Commerce Pty Ltd - ACN: 122 110 687 - ABN: 49 122 110 687
For every $20 you spend on books, you will receive $1 in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars. You can use your Boomerang Bucks as a credit towards a future purchase from Boomerang Books. Note that you must be a Member (free to sign up) and that conditions do apply.