Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
Kaelbling, Rudolf, and Patterson, Ralph. (1966).
Sringfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.
Description: hardcover, xxvi + 891 pages.
Contents: preface, 27 chapters divided into 7 parts,1: Psychiatry in
Comprehensive Medicine, 2: Determinants of Personality, 3: Psychiatric
Examination and Terminology, 4: Clinical Psychiatric Syndromes, 5:
Psychophysiological Correlations, 6: Psychiatric Treatment Methods, 7:
Psychiatry and Society, index of authors, index of subjects.
Excerpt(s): At times drugs seem to be desired primarily for their
intoxicating effect. The psychotomimetics are the most outstanding
examples of this type. Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD-25), mescaline,
psylocibin and bufotenin are being used because people enjoy the
hallucinations, the alterations in the state of consciousness, and
especially the rich imagery and phantasy life. (page 378)
In fact, willfully produced mental disturbances are tempting and
appealing to the many people who want at least temporarily to escape
from their normal existence, and it is among such people that
psychotoxic agents, from alcohol to opium, find the most widespread
spontaneous use. (page 425)
The number of substances which can produce temporary
psychotic states is actually quite large, and a number of them have been
known and used in ritualistic fashion for hundreds of years. (page 426)
Mescaline, in contrast to LSD, is a drug known and used for
centuries. The Indians of the American Southwest chewed peyotl
cactus, which contains mescaline. Because of the effects equivalent to
those described for LSD, it is used in religious rites. The subject under
the influence of the mescaline is thought to have supernatural ability. His
predictions and comments are received with awe and respect.
Psychotomimetic mushrooms and morning glory seeds are used similarly
in ritualistic religious seances conducted by Mexican Indian groups.
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