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Second plants do not communicate like human beings. The most common type of curare requires a complicated method of preparation in which the extracts of several plants are boiled together for three days,during which lethal fumes are given off.

Many modern medicines were taken from those used cosmcia theAmazon – curare, for example, is used in heart surgery. This is what the Amazonians told Jeremy Narby about how they know the properties of plants and how to combine them. Nafby is knowledge that theydidn’t have before, useful knowledge which we cannot explain – and which is often more advanced than ours. What is certain is that shamans acquire knowledge direct from some source without any process of trial and error.

With his intelligent and refreshingly honest study seepiente a classified ‘primitive’ culture along with the latest discoveries made by molecular biology, Dr. Western knowledge considers hallucinations to be at best illusions, at worst morbid phenomena. Once you turn on the radio, you can pick them up. Infact, if straightened out the strands of DNA would look exactly like a rope ladder. Therefore, in effect, curare was invented forty times.

This is something that is happening rightnow, and there is no suggestion of visitors from lost continents or spaceships landing. They claimthat all were given to them by the spirits through their shamans. It is only effective when injected directly into the bloodstream, hence its delivery by blowpipe, and has noeffect when taken by mouth. What Narby suggests is that the shaman is, in some way, communicating with his own DNA, and this is where he is getting the information from.


Extraordinary insights into mystical knowledge. Author, Jeremy Narby leaps between science and mysticism on his quest to explain how several millennia ago Stone-Age hunters living in the Peruvian rainforest learned the botanical properties and the chemistry of plants. His research propels him along a most intricate and twisted path, and one that will fascinate readers who appreciate science as well as those of us who read about spirituality and the occult.

And the final result needs a specific piece of technology – the blow-pipe – to deliver it. Excellent description of symbolic patterns of the universe. But they also claim that this sepiente how they learned of specific techniques, such cosmiva woodworking andweaving – in fact, all the arts and crafts necessary for survival.

This is a powerful poison whose ingredients come from several different plants, and which, Narby points out, fits a veryprecise set of requirements.

It is made up of three-dimensional images that coalesce into sound and that the shaman imitates by emitting corresponding melodies. Shamans have existed throughout the world, especially in tribal societies.

And that may involve another trip. Plants reveal their own properties, Indians get molecularly verifiable information from drug-induced hallucinations.

nwrby Early in his work with the Ashaninca, Dr. But what couldit do? The problem becomes even more baffling, because no fewer than forty different types of curare are used in the Amazon rain forest.


The use of cosmic serpent symbolism is an extremely old method of portraying scientific relationships that describe the universe.

The spirits materialize when the shaman ingests tobacco and ayahuasca. He writes, “These extremely practical and frank people, living almost autonomously in the Amazonian forest, insisted that their extensive botanical knowledge came from plant-induced hallucinations. So how dothey claim to have discovered curare – and all the other plants-derivedsubstances that they use? For ten years, Jeremy Narby explored Amazonian rain forests, the libraries of Europe, and some of the world’s most arcane scientific journals, following strange clues, unsuppressible intuitions, and extraordinary coincidences.

Narby, the hallucinatory origin of botany contradicts two fundamental principles of Western knowledge.

Narby finds that shamans insist with disarming consistency the world over on the existence of animate essences or spirits, which are common to all life forms. Perhaps this is where we get the concept of being ‘enlightened’ from, and itcould be a literal description of the ‘Light’ of Gnosticism.

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In short, they help to solve theproblems of the tribe, and help it survive. Perhaps this could explain phenomena such as telepathy and ESP.

An avaluation of this book based upon the limited views of scientific verification are not apt to do it justice. Narby perceived an enigma.