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The Long Trip (Arkana) Paperback – 26 Feb 1998

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Arkana (26 Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140195408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140195408
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,744,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Devereux is a Full Member of the Society for Scientific Exploration, a Member of the Scientific and Medical Network, Member of the Folklore Society, Member of the Traditional Cosmology Society, Member of the Society for Psychical Research and Member of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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If you've ever wondered why witches used to fly around on broomsticks and what it was that Santa Claus drank that made him launch into the air with his reindeer, then this book is a must. The Long Trip is a slightly revised and updated version of Devereux's original 1997 excursion into psychedelia's prehistory, as well as its ancient and recent history. The main message of this book is that psychedelic substances have been used the world over for millennia, not just recreationally but primarily for magico-spiritual and healing purposes, that is, as sacramental substances. Delving into aspects of archaeology many academics would choose to ignore, The Long Trip embarks on a journey to unearth the visionary past of our ancestors, leaving little doubt that for almost as long as human culture has been around, us humans have been using substances to alter our consciousness. High-ly recommended reading (For a complete review of this book see The Network Review: Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network, 102, 57-58.)
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I found this book very useful, informative and readable in my research of San rock art and the meaning of the prehistoric-imaginary on the rock face. I would rate this an important reference for students of prehistoric rock art. It gives a thorough overview of traditional uses and effects of plant hallucinogens in cultures through out the world. These drug induced hallucinations manifest in the rock art showing the archaic relationship between the earliest form of art, shamanic religion and the knowledge of plants. The author broadens our insight into this relationship by explaining the effects of hallucinations in the creation of art, ritual and myth, and correlates these studies on a global basis. He brings together studies of neuropsychological and ethnological research, ethno-botany, ethno-archaeology and spiritual concepts.
Although this work is not an empirical study, Paul Devereux succeeds in giving us a comprehensive and well-researched book on prehistoric- psychedelic. He is among the many pioneering authors that have in the last decade caused researchers to revolutionise the approaches to the meaning of prehistoric rock art.
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Another interesting book from Paul Deveraux. The shaman perspective gets plenty of mentions and the book is perhaps prone to leaps of faith when connecting artefacts from the distant past to customs that they may have been associated with.
But given the profound effects of the entheogens and their inevitable impact on the consciousness of early mankind this book may even understate the history-changing role of the psychedelics.
It's an interesting point that the 'modern' period may be the first one where psychedelics have not had a central place in the cultural life of society.
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