Tobacco and Shamanism in South America

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Yale University Press, 1987 - Nature - 294 pages
Anthropologist Johannes Wilbert here presents a comprehensive ethnography of magico-religious, medicinal, and recreational tobacco use among native South American societies. Surveying nearly three hundred societies, Wilbert has found that South American Indians employ numerous means of nicotine application and that a close functional relationship exists between tobacco and shamanism. His book is "a superb reference and a pleasure to read."--Robert Byck, M.D., Yale University School of Medicine
 

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Contents

Wild and Cultivated Nicotianas
1
Methods of Tobacco Use in South America
9
Pharmacology of South American Tobacco Use
133
Tobacco Shamanism
149
Bibliography
203
Index
281
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