Food of the gods: the search for the original tree of knowledge : a radical history of plants, drugs, and human evolution

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Bantam Books, Feb 1, 1992 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 311 pages
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Food of the Gods explores archaeology, anthropology, early religion, and pre-historic goddess cultures to present a shocking new theory of the birth of human consciousness, language, spirit and culture. McKenna believes that the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge that separated humans from their fellow beasts was a hallucinogenic mushroom. Illustrated.

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Wonder-inducing prose. - Goodreads
Hard to read, hard to stay motivated. - Goodreads
Mostly good and well researched theories. - Goodreads
interesting insight on how human speech came to be.... - Goodreads
Again, the argument is weak but the research is cool. - Goodreads
... mckenna at another great writing point here. - Goodreads

Review: Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge

User Review  - Erik - Goodreads

The ancient and historical use and regard for entheogenic plant species is well cited and his theories on their spread and integration (or rejection) are compelling. Contains a couple eye opening ... Read full review

Review: Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge

User Review  - Cara - Goodreads

This guy has an alarmingly weak grasp on science, and basically is just obsessed with 'shrooms. I don't think I'm gonna get through this one. To bad - I thought I was gonna learn something. Read full review

Contents

THE MAGIC IN FOOD 1
14
THE SEARCH FOR THE ORIGINAL
31
POSTCARDS
43
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

McKenna was a scholar of shamanism, ethno-botanist, psychedelic researcher and author of many books.