Persephone's Quest


You are viewing an older version of the Yalebooks website. Please visit out new website with more updated information and a better user experience:

Entheogens and the Origins of Religion

R. Gordon Wasson, Stella Kramrisch, A. P. Ruck, and Jonathan Ott

View Inside Format: Cloth
Price: $65.00
Our shopping cart only supports Mozilla Firefox. Please ensure you're using that browser before attempting to purchase.

Also Available in:

Out of Print

"[This book] is the pious meditation of an inspired devotee, a religious book in the deepest sense, the credo of a passionate initiate, indeed a convert. . . . A delightful book to read. . . . [It] may take its rightful place in the long chain of imaginative meditations on the magic plant of immortality."—Wendy Doniger, Times Literary Supplement

"Discusses the role of psychoactive fungi in the religious rituals of ancient Greece, Eurasia, and Mesoamerica: the fungi are referred to as `entheogens,’ meaning `god generated within.’"—Nina C. Ayoub, Chronicle of Higher Education

"A fitting last work from Wasson, embodying as it does all of the contradictions and quirks of this eccentric man and his colorful career. Wasson was an intrepid traveler, a daring explorer, and a scrappy amateur who outraged as well as challenged professional academics. His real contributions to ethnobotany and ethnomycology were considerable."—Andrew Weil, M.D., Journal of Psychoactive Drugs

"A joyriding academic romp that starts with Wasson’s own religious experience in the hills of Pennsylvania, this book will capture undergraduate imaginations."—William Harmon, Religious Studies Review

"It is saddening to realize that these will be the last [essays] in Wasson’s brilliant series."—Weston LaBarre, Journal of Ethnobiology
ISBN: 9780300038774
Publication Date: April 27, 1988
256 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4