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Sacred Mushroom Seeker : Tributes to R. Gordon Wasson Paperback – March 1, 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Park Street Press (March 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892813385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892813384
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,431,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This work is a remarkable achievement. It successfully captures all aspects of a complex personality. Gordon Wasson was a wonderful mixture: part businessman, part adventurer, part scholar. He achieved more in each of these fields than most do in any one discipline. Sketching a life-size portrait of this intriguing man is no mean feat, but this work achieves that goal." (Dr. Mark J. Plotkin, author of Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice)

"R. Gordon Wasson's work on hallucinogenic mushrooms sparked the psychedelic movement: this varied collection includes contributions in the field of ethnobotany, comparative religion, and anthropology and offers a tribute to Wasson's research through new contemplations." (The Bookwatch)

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Wasson (1898-1986) was an amateur mycologist whose scholarly writings on hallucinogenic mushrooms pioneered the field of ethnomycology. The essays herein were contributed by Wasson's close friends, colleagues, and family members, and are accompanied by a great variety of important photographs and drawings, many in color. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian P. Akers on June 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a one-of-a-kind tribute to R. Gordon Wasson, widely credited as the primary founder of ethnomycology, whose history-making investigations into fungi across culture led him to the trail of the sacred mushrooms of Mesoamerica. The contributions by various authors are excellent, and the production superb. It features high-quality reproductions of historic photographs of mushroom ceremonies of the Mazatec (some originally published in LIFE magazine), along with some breath-taking pictures never-before-seen. Interesting, informative highlights come one after the other, from a nice assortment of Wasson's highly accomplished colleagues. This is a distinguished work that cannot be praised too highly, and will grow in stature with time. It was fittingly published as #11 in Wasson's Ethnomycological Studies, and goes well on the shelf alongside the others in that series. Very well done, and highly recommended for those with serious interest in this fascinating and important subject.
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3 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
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"The Sacred Mushroom Seeker" has been selected for listing in "Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments: An Entheogen Chrestomathy." [...]
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