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The Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs: Psychoactive Substances for Use in Sexual Practices [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Christian Ratsch , Claudia Muller-Ebeling , Christian R?tsch

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3. Februar 2013
The culmination of more than 30 years of cultural, anthropological and scientific research, this encyclopaedia examines the botany, pharmacology, history, preparation, dosage and practical use of more than 400 erotically stimulating substances from antiquity to the present day. From plants and animals that enhance fertility and virility, like celery, snails or oysters, to substances that induce arousal, like ephedra, opium or cannabis, the encyclopaedia is richly illustrated with more than 800 colour photographs - many of which are from the authors' extensive fieldwork around the world. Exploring individual, medicinal and ritual use through historic and contemporary artwork, personal accounts and literature as well as ayurvedic, tantric, shamanic and European folklore practices and recent pharmacological research, the authors look at the revolving cycle of acceptance and condemnation of aphrodisiacs, the qualities that incur the label of "aphrodisiac," the role of mind and setting and the different ways aphrodisiacs stimulate desire - either physically, through the senses and vital organs or mentally, through heightened awareness and altered consciousness. This comprehensive guide reveals these "remedies of the love goddess" as holy remedies whose proper use can help re-establish harmony with oneself, one's partner and the universe. . Details the use, preparation and dosage of more than 400 plant, animal, mineral and synthetic substances, both common and exotic, as well as their botany, science and legal status . Explores the historical and present use of aphrodisiacs and their role in sexual practices, culture and art . Richly illustrated throughout with more than 800 colour photographs "An elegant, unsentimental, and extraordinary book. From photographs of African fertility dances to full tantrik instructions, from French phallic ancient stone monuments to a discussion of pheromones, this is the best of its kind I've seen. Highly recommended." -Yellow Silk

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"A treasure house of esoteric lore and delightful tidbits of erotica ... well illustrated and intricately cross-referenced, it is a useful companion for the researcher, aficionado, dabbler, or just plain interested [beginner]." -The Journal of Divine Ecstasy "An elegant, unsentimental, and extraordinary book. From photographs of African fertility dances to full tantrik instructions, from French phallic ancient stone monuments to a discussion of pheromones, this is the best of its kind I've seen. Highly recommended." -Yellow Silk "Aside from the erotic implications, sexual energy is the universe's great rejuvenator, making this a good reference tool for intellectually inclined energy workers. It will also interest those who seriously study ancient goddess tradition. Consider displaying it strategically to boost sales of essential oils, incense, candles, and even jewelry (agate, jade, and amber are all considered aphrodisiacs)." -Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight, December 2011 "Three decades of cultural and scientific research inform this panoramic assembly of all substances sexually stimulating. From abalone to zinc, more than 400 lust-inspiring vegetable, animal, mineral, and man-made materials are profiled by the anthropologist authors, with explanations on methods of use, preparation and dosage. Also discussed is their legality and place in history. Including 800 color photographs...this is a valuable and unusual resource. Verdict Containing commentary from the authors' experiences as well as 'personal reports of friends and colleagues,' this tome is a genuine labor of love." -Christina Connolly, Library Journal, December 2012

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Christian Ratsch, Ph.D., is a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist who specializes in the shamanic uses of plants. He is the author of "Marijuana Medicine" and "The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants" and coauthor of "Plants of the Gods." Claudia Muller-Ebeling, Ph.D., is an art historian and anthropologist and coauthor, with Christian Ratsch, of "Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas," "Witchcraft Medicine," and "Pagan Christmas." Both authors live in Hamburg, Germany.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen The most comprehensive guide on the subject I have found so far! 26. März 2014
Von Richard Gifford - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book provides a fantastic insight into the subject of Aphrodisiac plants. I just can't leave it alone. There is an introductory section at the beginning then an alphabetical list of hundreds of plants that makes it an invaluable reference book. If you have a serious interest in the subject then this really is an essential addition to your library. I really cannot praise the authours enough.
5.0 von 5 Sternen plants can do good and bad This honestly is a good book for ... 15. Juli 2014
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oops sent signals to the wrong people, plants can do good and bad This honestly is a good book for people who want to do good. The art symbolism help is knowledge. Who wants to teach anymore. This book teaches were some fake teachers just want money
5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant, funny, and enlightening, and irreverent. 2. April 2014
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Ancient India and Persia considered pearls to have medicinal properties as a love potion. They were the teardrops of the moon. Crushed and dissolved, they were considered intoxicating if you drank them. Nowadays, we know this is hokey, and although pearls are still used in traditional Chinese medicine, they’ve been scientifically proven to have few medicinal properties. Regardless of science, it’s not hard to see why pearls were considered an aphrodisiac. They have a beautiful spherical shape, a smooth texture, and they feel great against the skin. Early man must have been fascinated by their feel and image, and their delicate nature probably appealed to the desire for females.

Encyclopedia of Aphrodisiacs is an entertaining and thoroughly engaging book. The photos and illustrations humorously document the real and phony sex aids all over the world, ranging from chocolates and wines to kooky things made from animal parts. It contains hundreds of legends about sex, love and life from primitive and more advanced cultures, though the more “advanced” ones are often no better. It’s as much a book about folk attitudes towards gender as it is about herbs and foods that will cause arousal.

A number of shellfish are covered in this book, and it’s not hard to see why they’re thought to get women excited. First off, they taste great and they can be a primer to desire other things, like chocolates. If you’re trying to reach the woman’s heart through her stomach, oysters are your best bet. But there’s another reason that’s clear from the illustration; the seam of an oyster resembles a vulva! Exotic hot peppers also have phallic appearances, and anyone familiar with Georgia O’Keefe will probably know what I’m talking about. In Turkey, there’s was a combination of spices and bitter green herbs known as the “Sultan’s Paste” that were once used on frigid women in the Harems. The drug’s powers are obvious; spices can stimulate the heart and raise blood pressure, and even cure depression.

Spanish Fly, the infamous cantharides beetle shell, gets several pages, though its reputation is all myth. Beetle shells all seem to cause temperatures and sweats, so they’re used worldwide in traditional medicines. All it does is irritate the urethra, causing a burning sensation that some might mistake for arousal. What you might end up with is an unwanted erection from the blood flowing in there, and you might end up going to the hospital to have it drained. Even without that, keep in mind that it’s an insect, and you could easily have an allergic reaction.

Reading this book was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. It should be put in the section of the library labelled “erotica” and makes better reading on a summer night than most romance novels. I bet this book could be made into a documentary, narrated by some smoky-voiced actress and with reenactments in place of illustrations. Not with any naughty stuff, we already had that with Emmanuelle and the five or six sequels. I’m talking about a more historical bend. It could start with Cleopatra’s crushed pearls, and progress to the Marquis de Sade drugging his party guests with Spanish Fly and turning the soiree into an orgy that shamed the entire aristocracy.

Maybe the French Revolution was the work of pissed-off peasants who didn’t get to go?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen very good 6. März 2013
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very good book a lot of detail in it all about sex plant and how to make it and dose
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