Vine of the Soul: Medicine Men, Their Plants & Rituals

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The most comprehensive collection of authoritative writings on the subject ever published. A panorama of texts translated from nearly a dozen languages on the ayahuasca experience. These include indigenous mythic narratives and testimonies, religious hymns, as well as narratives related by western travelers, scientists, and writers who have had contact with ayahuasa in different contexts. Some of the material in this Reader has been published before in difficult to find journals and books in a variety of languages.

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Known as the father of contemporary ethnobotany, he has carried out extensive field studies, particularly in the Amazon. He received numerous awards including the Cross of Boyaca, Colombia's highest honor, and the annual Gold Medal of the World Wildlife Fund. In 1987 he received the prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and in 1992 he was awarded the Linnean Gold Medal, the highest award a botanist can receive. Dr. Schultes was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Linnean Society of London, three Latin American Academies,

Spent 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry concentrating on the search for novel medicinal agents from natural sources, which included several expeditions to Amazon with Dr. Schultes. A fellow of the Linnean Society of London, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Research Associate of the Botanical Museum of Harvard University.


"Quite simply a masterpiece... VINE OF THE SOUL deserves to be read by everyone interested in rainforests, indigenous peoples, shamanism, hallucinogens, ethnomedicine and conservation." --Mark Plotkin, President, Amazon Conservation Team

"Even to look at the book s cover...conjures up, well, another world! The giant Ayahuasca vine hanging the length of the Great Tree...with the deepgreen rainforest jungle as backdrop, teeming with...dangers and delights! Adventures! Unpredictabilities! Nothing ever standing still! Surprises teeming around every corner. Vine of the Soul contains some of the most significant photographs on this subject ever taken plus detailed descriptions of the use of plant substances, with information on their bioactive chemistry. This is a book you ll go back to throughout your life." --Fraser Clark, UP Magazine, Parallel University

Vine of the Soul is replete with synergism. The inclusion of the preface by Wade Davis, a former student of Dr. Schultes, and a dedication in the fore-material is a welcome addition to the second edition. All writing in the book...complements the scholarship and the incredible photographs, making the whole better than the separate parts. Each segment fits the other like hand and glove, as smoothly as heavy cream pouring from a pitcher.
Synergetic Press is to be commended for publishing Vine of the Soul. It will be useful and appreciated by many at all a highly recommended book.

--Willard Van Asdall, Retired Professor, University of Arizona, Former Editor, Journal of Ethnobiology

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