Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
Pharmacotheon: Entheogenic Drugs, Their Plant Sources and History.
Ott, Jonathan. (1993).
Kennewick, WA: Natural Products Co.
ISBN: 0-9614234-2-0 hardcover
first edition hardcover, slipcase, 639 + i pages. Slipcase cover
is a tempura painting titled Pregnant
by an Anaconda by Pablo Amaringo.
Contents: Foreword by
Albert Hofmann, A note on the Text, Proemium,
six chapters in four parts: A. Beta-Phenethylamines,
Derivatives, D. Appendices. 5 Appendices: I. Sundry
Visionary Compounds, II. Putative
Entheogenic Species, III. Index of Entheogen Chemistry and Pharmacology,
IV. Botanical Index, V. Suggested Further Reading, bibliography,
general index, acknowledgements and notes.
Note: A limited edition
of 326 copies which were sold to subscribers is signed and numbered
by the author from 1-300 with an additional 26 copies lettered
A-Z being hors commerce. The first edition consists of
Excerpt(s): As is immediately
obvious from my title, I use the neologism entheogen(ic)
throughout this book, a new word proposed by a group of scholars
including Dr. R. Gordon Wasson, Prof.
Carl A. P. Ruck and me. As we know from
personal experience that shamanic inebriants do not provoke "hallucinations"
or "psychosis," and feel it incongruous to refer to
traditional shamanic use of psychedelic plants (that word,
pejorative for many, referring invariably to sixties' western
drug use), we coined this new term in 1979 (Ruck et al.
1979). I outline thoroughly the histories of words for sacred
plant drugs in Chapter 1, Note 1. I am happy to say, fourteen
years after launching the neologism on its literary career, that
the word has been accepted by the majority of experts in this
field, and has appeared in print in at least seven languages.
The term is not meant to specify a pharmacological class of drugs
(some, for example, conceive of psychedelic as implying
indole and phenethylamine drugs with an LSD- or mescaline-like
effect); rather, it designates drugs which provoke ecstasy and
have traditionally been used as shamanic or religious inebriants,
as well as their active principles and artificial congeners. (page
This book is about those wondrous entheogens, these
strange plant sacraments and their contained active principles.
The term entheogen was first suggested by classical scholars
Carl A. P. Ruck and Danny Staples, pioneering
entheogen researcher R. Gordon Wasson, ethnobotanist Jeremy Bigwood
and me. The neologism derives from an obsolete Greek word meaning
"realizing the divine within," the term used by the
ancient Greeks to describe states of poetic and prophetic inspiration,
to describe the entheogenic state which can be induced by sacred
plant-drugs. (pages 19-20)
"realizing the divine within") refers to the common
perception of users of entheogens, which is anything but
an hallucination, that the divine infuses all beings, including
the entheogenic plant and its fortunate human user. (page
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