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It is only effective when injected directly into the bloodstream, hence its delivery by blowpipe, and has noeffect when taken by mouth.
Serpiwnte occurred to Narby from that statement that those common images of twin serpents and twisted ladders are descriptions of the DNA double helix. Early in his work with the Ashaninca, Dr.
The problem becomes even more baffling, because no fewer than forty serpkente types of curare are used in the Amazon rain forest. This is perhaps one of the most important things I learned during this investigation: And the final result needs a specific piece of technology – the blow-pipe – to deliver it.
We see what we believe, and not just the contrary; and to change what we see, it is sometimes necessary to change what we believe. Once you turn on the radio, you can pick them up. Even the giant drugcompanies do not have the ability to develop products to meet specific requirements as quickly, easily – and naturally – as the Amazonian shamans can.
This is a powerful poison whose ingredients come from several different plants, and which, Narby points out, fits a veryprecise set of requirements. Perhaps this could explain phenomena such as telepathy and ESP.
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ls They claimthat all were given to them by the spirits through their shamans. Western knowledge considers hallucinations to be at best illusions, at worst morbid phenomena. So, if the shaman asks them how to cure a little village girl’s meningitis, they will give him that information – cosmicaa they will not also tell him how to cure her mother’s cancer unless he specifically asks. So how dothey claim to have discovered curare – and all the other plants-derivedsubstances that they use?
True reality is more complex than our eyes lead us to believe. We must stress that the Amazonians’ knowledge of pharmacology plant-derived drugs and their potential and actual uses is not just surprising for whatare considered primitive peoples, but actually exceeds that of modernWestern science. But what couldit do? Since they have no science in the sense that we understand it, they must have learned how to make their medicines by trial and error.
What is certain is that shamans acquire knowledge direct from some source without any process of trial and error.
In short, they help to solve theproblems of the tribe, and help it survive. 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.
Excellent description of symbolic patterns of the universe. But there are some 80, species of plants growing in the Amazon rain forest, so todiscover an effective remedy using just two of them would theoretically require the testing of ,a possible combination – just under four billion. One of the nraby important books this century. And that may involve another trip. 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.
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. Extrapolations of this concept hold vast understandings for scientists able to transplant the pattern of this image into other contexts. Perhaps this is where we get the concept of being ‘enlightened’ from, and itcould be a literal description of the ‘Light’ of Gnosticism.
In fact, they take no credit for them.
How jere,y allthis discovered? 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.
But many of their medicines involve not just two plants, but several. But they also claim that this is how they learned of specific techniques, such as woodworking andweaving – in fact, all the arts and crafts necessary for survival.
This is what the Amazonians told Jeremy Narby about how they coamica the properties of plants and how to combine sfrpiente. And the meat wouldhave to be safe to eat. 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.
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The classic example is curare. Rationalism separates things to understand them.
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.
Heremy science is sadly lacking in the methodology serrpiente understand criteria based upon qualities that go beyond the abilities of quantitative analysis. Narby, the hallucinatory origin of botany contradicts two fundamental principles of Western knowledge. Cosmcia hunters needed something that, when smearedon the tips of blow-pipe darts, would not only kill an animal but alsoensure that it does not tighten its death-grip on a branch and die out ofreach as often happens with animals killed by arrows.
An avaluation of this book based upon the limited views of scientific verification are not apt to do it justice. Therefore, in effect, curare was invented forty times.
Extraordinary insights into mystical knowledge. Infact, if straightened out the strands of DNA would look exactly like a rope ladder.