- Paperback: 155 pages
- Publisher: Breakout Productions; First edition (December 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966693256
- ISBN-13: 978-0966693256
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,290,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Psychedelic Shamanism: The Cultivation, Preparation, and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants Paperback – December, 1998
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- His advice on extraction of DMT from familiar grasses is, he admits, flawed. Instead of extracting n,n-DMT, he extracted 5-meo-dmt. This is an enormously different psychoactive material with very different dosing guidelines and effects. Any search on the experience vault at erowid will demonstrate that 5-meo-dmt is a powerful and possibly dangerous (if dosed incorrectly) material and qualitatively vastly different from n,n-dmt. But the fact that he is extracting 5-meo-dmt instead of n,n-dmt is presented almost as a footnote. I really feel that whole chapter should be stricken.
- His remarks that Salvia Divinorum is a weak psychoactive omits all of Daniel Siebert's work on the subject. We now know that Salvia Divinorum is one of the most powerful and spiritually useful of the entheogenic allies. Any book on psychedelic shamanism that omits most of what we know about S.D. must at this time be considered quite dated.
The information in this book is so dated that about anything deKorne writes should be confirmed by Erowid and other sources first.
The lack of a detailed treatment of Set, Setting and Sitter is troubling in a book so many use as a working reference. Dosing guidelines are also not dealt with extensively. There is so much missing in this book.
Mr. deKorne's comments on entities and the imaginal realm are right on target.Read more ›
The book is subtitled "The Cultivation, Preparation and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants" and includes the following chapters:
The Shamanic Hypothesis
The Experience of Many Worlds
Living in the One World
The Entities of the Imaginal Realm
The Belladonna Alkaloids
D-Lysergic Acid Amide: Morning Glory Seeds, Stipa Robusta
Mescaline: Peyote and San Pedro
Ayahuasca and Its Analogues: Harmine and DMT
Smokable DMT from Plants
Psilocybin: Magic Mushrooms
The Minor Psychedelics
Some Thoughts about Technique
Here's a brief quote from the "Extraction Prodedures" chapter:
"In most aboriginal cultures, the extraction process for psychedelic plants is quite simple; as often as not, the shaman just boils down the raw materials in a pot and then drinks the concentrated brew. We come from a different tradition with different beliefs and expectations. For one thing, our 'civilized' tastes have been refined to the point where we have difficulty in ingesting anything we perceive as bitter or repulsive -- this, unfortunately, applies to most psychoactive botanicals. I know of no plant hallucinogen that actually tastes good, which I would want to eat even if it weren't a psychedelic. Westerners generally prefer pure compounds in the form of pills or capsules that can be easily swallowed, an efficiency which makes up in acceleration what it loses in verisimilitude.Read more ›
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I bought this years ago ,sold it and replaced it with a new one. Nice starter for a kitchen chemist or anyone who wants to know how certain plants affect the mind and body. Read morePublished 5 months ago by anart07
Great book !!! So much info here, great resource for any seeker!!?Published 19 months ago by SPDMSW
If you have some basis of knowledge of both shamanism and entheogens, and would like to apply it, this may be a good book to consider. Read morePublished on November 7, 2009 by F. Carter
This is a nice book giving a general overview of the subject matter. There are however more sophisticated and complete books on the subject. Read morePublished on May 12, 2009 by Mindrido
First published fourteen years ago, this guide is in obvious need of an update, as other reviewers have pointed out. Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by Miguel
I only heard of this book when it was referenced in Daniel Pinchbeck's superb and equally enjoyable "Breaking Open The Head. Read morePublished on July 17, 2005 by Bacchus
I love this book! Finally someone who has a complete grasp on the subject and understands the imaginal realms as they might exist. Read morePublished on April 7, 2005 by C. Merrihew
This book is a bona fide classic of psychedelic literature. It separates its subject into two parts: The Shamanic Hypothesis, and Psychedelic Catalysts. Read morePublished on June 10, 2004 by Kari L. Black
This book is a bona fide classic of psychedelic literature. It separates its subject into two parts: The Shamanic Hypothesis, and Psychedelic Catalysts. Read morePublished on April 26, 2004 by Kari L. Black