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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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Yoga: Immortality and Freedom.

Eliade, Mircea. (1958).
New York: Pantheon Books.

ISBN: None

Description: Hardcover, xxii + 529 pages. Originally published in 1954 as Le Yoga: Immortalite et Liberte, Paris: Librairie Payot, translated by Willard R. Trask, Bollingen Series Number 56.

Contents: Foreword, 8 chapters, chapter notes, list of works cited, index.

Note: Wasson cites the excerpt below in his book SOMA on page 326 and strongly criticizes this quotation and four similar selections from Eliade's Shamanism. (The four quotations from Shamanism appear on page 327 of SOMA.)

Excerpt(s): In the sphere of shamanism, strictly speaking, intoxication by drugs (hemp, mushrooms, tobacco, etc.) seems not to have formed part of the original practice. For, on the one hand, shamanic myths and folklore record a decadence among the shamans of the present day, who have become unable to obtain ecstasy in the fashion of the "great shamans of long ago"; on the other hand, it has been observed that where shamanism is in decomposition and the trance is simulated, there is also overindulgence in intoxicants and drugs. In the sphere of shamanism itself, however, we must distinguish between this (probably recent) phenomenon of intoxication for the purpose of "forcing" trance and the ritual consumption of "burning" substances for the purpose of increasing "inner heat" ... (pages 338-339)

This compilation by Thomas B. Roberts & Paula Jo Hruby, © 1995-2003 CSP

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