on 4 August 2015
This is a very important book, required reading for any student of consciousness. Harner is the shaman's shaman who is responsible for the revival and rediscovery of these taproots into spirit. This book has broad sweep and extraordinary stories, ranging from plant medicine in the Amazon basin when he was a young anthropologist to his mapping of the upper world through sonic driving with his students. This book is fruit of a lifelong exploration.
on 15 August 2016
Harner provides a study of interest to both the anthropologist and the theologian. The development of initiatory rites has a profound reflection upon the development of the human mind. There is sufficient evidence here to suggest a direct link between the adrenal surge which accompanies such initiatory experiences of native Americans with those that suggest a death and rebirth in the Khemetic mysteries. Read this in conjunction with the work of Leary, Hancock and of Strassman on DMT and the potential for a link between such experience and the surge of DMT in the mind to alter consciousness is tangible.
Harner's style is informative and entertaining. A great work and significant too.