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Psychedelic Mystery Traditions -Thomas Hatsis

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Psychedelic Mystery Traditions -Thomas Hatsis

Spirit Plants, Magical Practices, and Ecstatic States

Unbeknownst - or unacknowledged - by many, there is a long tradition of psychedelic magic and religion in Western civilisation. As Thomas Hatsis reveals, the discovery of the power of psychedelics and entheogens can be traced to the very first prehistoric expressions of human creativity, with a continuing lineage of psychedelic mystery traditions from antiquity through the Renaissance to the Victorian era and beyond.

In this intriguing book, the author explores the use of psychedelics by Middle Eastern and mediaeval magicians and looks at the magical use of cannabis and opium from the Crusaders to Aleister Crowley.