Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge : a Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution
An exploration of humans' symbiotic relationships with plants and chemicals presents information on prehistoric partnership societies, the roles of spices and spirits in the rise of dominator societies; and the politics of tobacco, tea, coffee, opium, and alcohol.
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One of the best books on the subject, by a very wise and humorous writer.
SHAMANISM SETTING THE STAGE
THE MAGIC IN FOOD
THE SEARCH FOR THE ORIGINAL TREE OF KNOWLEDGE
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