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ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FOR THE TRADITION OF PSYCHOACTIVE PLANT USE IN THE OLD WORLD

ARCHAEOLOGICAL EVIDENCE FOR THE TRADITION OF PSYCHOACTIVE PLANT USE IN THE OLD WORLD

  1. helikophis
    Economic Botany 57(3) pp. 295-323. 2003

    M. D. MERLIN

    We live in an age when a divine vision is dismissed as an hallucination, and desire to experience a direct communication with god is often interpreted as a sign of mental illness. Nevertheless, some scholars and scientists assert that such visions and communications are fundamentally derived from an ancient and ongoing cultural tradition. The hypothesis presented here suggests that humans have a very ancient tradition involving the use of mind-altering experiences to produce profound, more or less spiritual and cultural understanding.