Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism

Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism

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Trade Paper, Broadway Books, 2003, ISBN# 0767907434
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A study of contemporary shamanism and the spiritual possibilities of psychedelic plants draws on the works of top thinkers and current studies while sharing the author's research of tribal, ritual, and shaman use of psychedelic compounds. Reprint.

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A study of contemporary shamanism and the spiritual possibilities of psychedelic plants draws on the works of top thinkers and current studies while sharing the author's research of tribal, ritual, and shaman use of psychedelic compounds. Reprint.

"A dazzling work of personal travelogue and cultural criticism that ranges from the primitive to the postmodern in a quest for the promise and meaning of the psychedelic experience.
"While psychedelics of all sorts are demonized in America today, the visionary compounds found in plants are the spiritual sacraments of tribal cultures around the world. From the iboga of the Bwiti in Gabon, to the Mazatecs of Mexico, these plants are sacred because they awaken the mind to other levels of awareness--to a holographic vision of the universe.
"Breaking Open the Head" is a passionate, multilayered, and sometimes rashly personal inquiry into this deep division. On one level, Daniel Pinchbeck tells the story of the encounters between the modern consciousness of the West and these sacramental substances, including such thinkers as Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, and Terence McKenna, and a new underground of present-day ethnobotanists, chemists, psychonauts, and philosophers. It is also a scrupulous recording of the author's wide-ranging investigation with these outlaw compounds, including a thirty-hour tribal initiation in West Africa; an all-night encounter with the master shamans of the South American rain forest; and a report from a psychedelic utopia in the Black Rock Desert that is the Burning Man Festival.
"Breaking Open the Head" is brave participatory journalism at its best, a vivid account of psychic and intellectual experiences that opened doors in the wall of Western rationalism and completed Daniel Pinchbeck's personal transformation from a jaded Manhattan journalist to shamanic initiate and grateful citizen of the cosmos.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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Number of Pages: 336
Number in Series: 1
Original Languages: English
Subject: HALLUCINOGENIC DRUGS AND RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE ,  SHAMANISM
Author: Pinchbeck, Daniel
Target Audience: Trade
Publisher: Random House Inc
ISBN-13: 9780767907439
Brand: Generic
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 8.25 x 5.00 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10: 0767907434
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