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By Constantino M Torres, David B Repke

A multidisciplinary examine of pre-Columbian South America—centering at the psychoactive plant genus Anadenanthera

As cultures shaped and advanced in pre-Columbian South the United States, Anadenanthera turned the most established shamanic inebriants. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historic South the US is greater than a finished reference on shamanic visionary components; it's a useful gizmo for archeologists and pre-Columbian paintings historians. This thorough booklet examines the ritual and cultural use of Anadenanthera from prehistory to the current, besides its botany, chemistry, pharmacology, anthropology, and archeology.

The earliest facts for using psychoactive vegetation in South the USA is equipped by means of continues to be of seeds and pods recovered from archeological websites 4 millennia outdated. numerous arrangements have been derived from it with the purpose of being a shamanic inebriant. Inhaled in the course of the nostril, smoked in pipes or as cigars, and ready in fermented beverages, Anadenanthera served a significant position within the cultural improvement of indigenous societies in South the USA. Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historic South the USA explores the total spectrum of knowledge gleaned from learn, overlaying quite a few archeological websites within the Andean sector, in addition to discussing Amazonian shamanic rituals and lore. Analyses of the inventive expressions in the of linked ceremonial paraphernalia resembling ritual snuffing tubes and snuff trays are integrated. The textual content is richly illustrated with images and photographs of embellished ritual implements, and gives a finished bibliography.

Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of old South the United States explores:

botanical elements, taxonomy, and geographical distribution of Anadenanthera

ethnographical, ancient, and conventional features of Anadenanthera use

chemical and pharmacological investigations of the genus and many of the visionary arrangements derived from it—with emphasis at the biologically lively ingredients

theories of the mechanisms of motion of the lively tryptamines and carboline alkaloids

comparisons of wooden anatomy, morphology, and percent of alkaloid content material

evaluation of stylistic and iconographic features

Anadenanthera: Visionary Plant of historic South the US is a radical, resource for archeologists, anthropologists, chemists, researchers, pre-Columbian artwork historians, and any layperson drawn to pre-Columbian paintings, archeology, or visionary vegetation.

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Lauric acid seems to be the most abundant fatty acid in seed-fats of most genera of palms. Lauric and myristic acids are also most abundant in the seed-fats of Lauraceae and Myristicaceae. Among other families Poaceae and Arecaceae have n-hexadec9-enoic acid (palmitoleic acid). Several produce waxes; very often tanniferous; various sorts of polyphenols present; rarely producing pyridine alkaloids; occasionally saponiferous; seldom cyanogenic. See Poales for additional comparison with that order.

Composition: -75 genera, -1 100 species. Distnbutwn: Pantropical and subtropical, extending into the temperate zones, especially of the Southern Hemisphere. 0 times longer than wide; endosperm copious, hard, with hemicellulose, protein, oil,and starch. Chromosomes:n = 9,16 (Goldblatt in Raven), -2436. Composition: 6 genera, -270 species. Distribution: Tropical South America (1 species in Panama) and Africa, Madagascar,southern Arabia. BROMEWALES The order is monotypic. Chemistry: Steroid saponins sometimes present; tannin and mucilage common; alkaloids absent.

S. s. of same, Darypogon bromeliifolius inflorescence,flower. 8. of same (after Baillon). 3 the length to as long as the endosperm; endosperm hard, with protein and oil. Chromosomes: x = 10, also n = 15,19. Composition: 8 genera, 10 species. Distribution: Peru to the southern tip of South America; eastern Australia, New Zealand, the East Indies to New Caledonia and Fiji; southeast Africa. of same, Convailaria majaiip 1s. of flower, stamen inserted on base of corolla, pistil. inflorescence against p t of leaf (after Baillon, Le Ma,,,,t and De,sne).

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