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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index


The Peyote Cult.

La Barre, Weston. (1989).
Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.


ISBN: 0-8061-2214-5


Description: Fifth edition, enlarged, xvii + 334 pages.


Contents: Preface to the Fifth Edition, Preface to the Second Edition, Preface to the First Edition, illustrations, introduction, 5 unnumbered chapters, 9 appendices: A. Peyote and the Mescal Bean, C. Peyote and Teo-nanacatl, D. " Plant Worship" in Mexico and the United States, E. Chemistry of Peyote, F. Physiology of Peyote, G. Wilson, the Revealer of Peyote, H. Christian elements in the Peyote Cult, I. The Native American Church and Other Peyote Churches, Bibliography to the 1938 Edition, plates, 4 bibliographies of peyote studies: 1941-1960, 1958-1963, 1963-1973, 1974-1988, Index to the Fifth Edition.

Excerpt(s): Continuing his research from the 1930s through the 1980s, Weston La Barre reviews topics such as the Timothy Leary-Richard Alpert "experiments" with peyote and other psychotropic substances, the Carlos Castaneda phenomenon, the progress of the Native American Church toward acceptance as a religious denomination, the presumptions of the Neo-American Church, the legal ramifications of ritual drug use, and the spread of peyotism from the Southwest to other North American tribes.

This new edition of La Barre's classic study includes 334 new entries in the latest of his highly valued bibliographical essays on works relating to peyote, not just anthropology but in a variety of fields including archeology, economics, botany, chemistry, and pharmacology. The bibliography lists important contributions in popular media such as newspapers, audiotapes, and films, as well as scholarly journals. (back cover)



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