By Daniel Pinchbeck

A awesome paintings of non-public travelogue and cultural feedback that levels from the primitive to the postmodern in a quest for the promise and that means of the psychedelic experience.

While psychedelics of all kinds are demonized in the United States at the present time, the visionary compounds present in crops are the religious sacraments of tribal cultures worldwide. From the iboga of the Bwiti in Gabon, to the Mazatecs of Mexico, those vegetation are sacred simply because they wake up the brain to different degrees of awareness--to a holographic imaginative and prescient of the universe.

Breaking Open the Head is a passionate, multilayered, and occasionally rashly own inquiry into this deep department. On one point, Daniel Pinchbeck tells the tale of the encounters among the trendy recognition of the West and those sacramental components, together with such thinkers as Allen Ginsberg, Antonin Artaud, Walter Benjamin, and Terence McKenna, and a brand new underground of present-day ethnobotanists, chemists, psychonauts, and philosophers. it's also a scrupulous recording of the author's wide-ranging research with those outlaw compounds, together with a thirty-hour tribal initiation in West Africa; an all-night come upon with the grasp shamans of the South American rain woodland; and a document from a psychedelic utopia within the Black Rock desolate tract that's the Burning guy Festival.

Breaking Open the Head is courageous participatory journalism at its top, a shiny account of psychic and highbrow stories that opened doorways within the wall of Western rationalism and accomplished Daniel Pinchbeck's own transformation from a jaded new york journalist to shamanic begin and thankful citizen of the cosmos.

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