Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Condition: Used, very good.
In his research and documentation, Wasson confronts the enigma of Soma, a sacred plant referred to in the ancient Rigveda of India, the identity of which had long been unknown. In this book, Wasson puts forth the idea that Soma was in fact a hallucinogenic mushroom (Amanita muscaria), and delves deeply into the historic role of mushrooms in religious ritual. A section on the post-Vedic history of Soma is contributed by the Sanskrit scholar Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty.