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  - Adam - Goodreads

I first read this book in the late 90s and I wanted to see how it holds up. Terence Mckenna's best writing is in "True Hallucinations," but this may be his most important book. A lot of the early ... Read full review

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User Review  - Olivier Goetgeluck - Goodreads

"The shaman is more than merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself, who is cured, and who must shamanize in order to remain cured." "Drumming, manipulation of breath ... Read full review

Contents

THE MAGIC IN FOOD 1
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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.