New PDF release: High Culture: Drugs, Mysticism, and the Pursuit of

ISBN-10: 0190459115

ISBN-13: 9780190459116

historical past is affected by facts of humanity's fascination with medications and the pursuit of altered states. From early Romanticism to late-nineteenth-century occultism and from fin de siècle Paris to modern psychedelic shamanism, psychoactive elements have playedcatalyzing humans. but critical research of the non secular dimensions of recent drug use remains to be lacking.

the use of substances and the pursuit of transcendence from the 19th century to the current day. starting with the Romantic fascination with opium, it chronicles the invention of anesthetics, the psychiatric and spiritual curiosity in cannabis, the bewitching strength of mescaline and hallucinogenic fungi, the newer makes use of of LSD, in addition to the debates surrounding medicinal drugs and spiritual adventure. This interesting and wide-ranging sociological and cultural historical past fills an immense hole within the learn of faith within the sleek international and our figuring out of the significance of countercultural notion, providing new and well timed insights into the arguable dating among medicinal drugs and mystical experience.

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