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Pharmako/Gnosis: Plant Teachers and the Poison Path (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 3. August 2009

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"Essential reading, a modern classic."
—Stephen Silberman, Wired Magazine

"The poet of plantsÉPendel may be America’s answer to Blake, Coleridge and Wordsworth…."
—Emily Green, Los Angeles Times

"Whereas all other drug encyclopaediaists are accompanied by excessive slyness, the seemingly free verse of Dale Pendell is constrained by compulsive accuracy, to paraphrase Zarathustra's Hom Yost, by the (scruples) that drive forth truth."
—David Flattery, author of Haoma and Harmaline

"A beat alchemist working textual DJ decks."
—Erik Davis, Bookforum


Contemporary alchemist, Dale Pendell completes his poetic study of botany, chemistry, spirituality, psychology and history in a volume covering the composition and uses of visionary plants. Chapters including "Phantastica," "Hypnotica" and "Telephorica" explore the hallucinogenic plants, the bringers of sleep and the bearers of distance. Pharmacognosis is the branch of pharmacology that deals with herbs and unprepared medicines in their natural state, those whose cure is held in a deeper wisdom. "Pharmako/Gnosis" weaves together ancient shamanic rites, historic cultural lore and the contemporary use of plant poisons. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Essential Reading, a Modern Classic 16. April 2006
Von Steve Silberman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"Pharmako/Gnosis" is the crown jewel of Pendell's superb trilogy, and indispensable reading for anyone interested in psychedelics, botany, anthropology, and earnest inquiry into the nature of existence. Covering LSD, mescaline and peyote, DMT, psilocybin mushrooms, esoterica like Syrian rue and even xenon inhalation, as well as other signposts on what he calls "the Poison Path," Pendell continues his profound investigation of mankind's relationship with plants and chemicals that can seem like helpful teachers, demons, pernicious addictions -- or all three at once. (The truly addictive substances are mostly discussed in the previous two volumes of the trilogy, "Pharmako/Poeia" and "Pharmako/Dynamis.")

Even if you never touch the stuff yourself, Pendell's trilogy is worth reading as one of the most graceful and powerful breakthroughs in prose in many years. Combining poetry, deep history, science, psychological insight, and Zen-style humor in the face of "the Great Matter," Pendell has created a voice that is wholly his own. He can be radiantly tender in one passage, saltily irreverent in another, and certain sections of this book -- such as "Splitting the Hair" and "The Two-Dragon Problem" -- come as close to saying the Unsayable as any literature I know, outside of such Zen classics as "The Blue Cliff Record." A section called "The Hallucinogenic Properties of Maize" is a brief tour-de-force that should bring a knowing smile to fans of "The Matrix" and other works that suggest that what we call normal waking consciousness is worthy of closer scrutiny.

Like the Poison Path itself, Pendell's books are not for everyone. They may be difficult reading at first for those who are totally unfamiliar with botany or Zen, and their frequent flights into personal witnessing of altered states may piss off readers who are expecting an "objective" textbook or how-to-get-high cookbook. But stick with them -- these sly books instruct even as they tease or confound expectations, and will still be whispering in the inner ears of shamans and potential initiates many generations from now, long after most so-called drug books of our era have been forgotten. And Pendell's Coyote-like wit -- taking the narrator to task for his own pomposity in italicized sections that the author calls "the back channel" -- never allows him to wallow in the kind of self-importance or vacuous yakking that afflicts so many self-appointed psychonauts.

At the level of book design, Pendell's luminous and subtle use of images is nothing short of revelatory. The sudden appearance of Walt Whitman's youthful face after a particularly lovely passage, for example, says more than another ten pages of prose could have. Mercury House has done an admirable job of bringing the author's hard-won mapping of the other world into this one.

In some of the book's most memorable passages, the author seems to step aside to let the spirits of the plants themselves speak -- no easy trick without seeming ridiculous. Bravo to Pendell for creating a guide to uncovering essential experience (with the help of potent allies) that will be, in the words of Allen Ginsberg, "good to eat a thousand years."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My Bible 30. Januar 2010
Von Byron Cale - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I have read, from the bible, the koran, the bagdavad gita and many other religious tomes
Dale Pendels trilogy is the first to have touched my soul and I'm not even sure that was his intention in the first place. I have purchaced two sets of these books, one to lend out and one set to have close by. I loved them. Great work Mr Pendell. Should be in the school curriculum.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must have for anybody interested in the science and lore of psychoactive substances. 7. September 2013
Von j. st. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The third installment of the Pharmako- series, Phamako/Gnosis addresses the more psychedelic and hallucinogenic plants and chemicals. Pendell does this with the skill that we would expect after the previous two books. Well written, and easy to read, packed with enough information for the advanced studier, and simple enough for the beginner.
For anybody with an interest in the origins, history, use, science, and lore of these "poisons," this is a book that belongs on your shelf.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Speaking in Plain English 16. Januar 2014
Von JoBethSexton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is quite an adventure and a wonderful book for those who already have some knowledge of plants and their Latin names, uses and history. I highly recommend it to the intermediate student. A beginner may have a little trouble following but it is a well written text with a highly detailed section on each plant, genus, plant uses in history and in modern day times, as well as the occasional bit of trivia. In some places, it's almost as if the author has had a personal relationship with the spirit of each plant.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful 3. Juni 2011
Von W. Paul Blakey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I bought all three books, so I was able to read them consecutively without a break in between and I was enraptured for the entire time. Couldn't put them down. The third volume is perhaps the most exciting.

Highly, highly recommended.

For mad men and women only.

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