View Full Version : Terrence McKenna: Food of the Gods - A Radical History of Plants, Drugs and Human Evolution

Sunday, July 10th, 2005, 05:43 AM
Note: the following e-book contains information about the use of illegal substances, but it's certainly not some drug-user's manifesto... It's a very legitimate and introspective look into the realm of plants, herbs, and 'drugs', their uses throughout history for ceremonial and Shamanic purpses, and their effects - both negative and positive - on humans... not some weekend-warrior drug guide...

I'm not personally advocating anything in particular here, I'm merely providing this as a source of learning material for those of you who are interested in this subject. Thank you. (sorry, but I felt the disclaimer was in order, since the subject matter of this book might be a little sensitive for some people. :redface:)

Anyway, this is a very interesting read... I will quote, here, the back cover of this book so that it might give you a quick glimpse into what it's all about:

"Why, as a species, are humans so fascinated by altered states of conciousness? Can altered states reveal something to us about our origins and our place in nature? In Food of the Gods, ethnobotanist Terrence McKenna's research on man's ancient relationship with chemicals opens a doorway to the divine, and perhaps a solution for solving our troubled world. McKenna provides a revisionist look at the historical role of drugs in the East and West, from the ancient spice, sugar and rum trades to marijauana, cocain, synthetics and even television - illustrating the human desire for the "food of the gods" and the powerful potential to replace illegal drugs with a Shamanic understanding, insistence on community, reverence for nature, and increased self-awareness."(One thing about this book, though, is that it get's a little weird toward the end, it's a bit 'New Agey' and some of it's message needs to be ignored. But it contains a lot of scientific, anthropological and psychological exploration, and other interesting facts and findings, which redeem this book's shortcomings and 'weirdness' ;)... Also, this is in .pdf format)

Food of the Goods (https://forums.skadi.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=112878&stc=1&d=1487068976)