Recommended Books

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CALDERÓN, Eduardo, COWAN, Richard, SHARON, Douglas & SHARON, Kaye F., Eduardo el Curandero. The Words of a Peruvian Healer, North Atlantic Books, Richmond, California, 1982

CALVO, Cesar, The Three Halves of Ino Moxo: Teachings of the Wizard of the Upper Amazon, Inner Traditions, 1995, ISBN 0892815191

DUKE, James Alan, VASQUEZ, Rodolfo, Amazonian Ethnobotanical Dictionary, CRC Press, 1994
ISBN 0849336643

DE LA VEGA, Garcilaso, The Royal Commentaries of the Yncas, translated by Maria Jolas, Lima 2002

EVANS SCHULTES, Richard, Where the Gods Reign – Plants and People of the Colombian Amazon, Synergetic Press, London 1988

EVANS SCHULTES, Richard, Hofmann Albert, Ratsch, Christian, Plants of the Gods (Revised and Expanded Edition), Inner Traditions International, 2001
ISBN-10: 0892819790
ISBN-13: 9780892819799

LUNA, L. Eduardo, Amaringo Pablo, Ayahuasca Visions, The Religious Iconography of a Peruvian Shaman, Berkeley 1999

LUNA, L. Eduardo (Editor), WHITE, S. F. (Editor), Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine, Synergetic Press, 2000
ISBN-10: 0907791328
ISBN-13: 978-0907791324

LUNA, L. Eduardo, “Icaros: Magical Melodies”, in Matteson Langdon, E. J. and Baer, G., Portals of Power – Shamanism in South America, University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque 1992

LUNA, L. Eduardo, Vegetalismo. Shamanism among the Mestizo Population of the Peruvian Amazon, Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, Stockholm Studies in Comparative Religion 27, Stockholm 1986

MARENT, Thomas, Rainforest, Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd, 2006
ISBN-10: 140531530X
ISBN-13: 978-1405315302

METZNER, Ralph (Ed.), Sacred Vine of Spirits: Ayahuasca, Park Street Press, Rochester, Vermont (USA), 2006
ISBN-10: 1594770530
ISBN-13: 978-1594770531

NARBY, Jeremy, The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge, Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1998
ISBN: 0575066148

POLIA MECONI, Mario, Gli Indios dell’Amazzonia, Xenia, Milano, 1997 (b)

POLIA MECONI, Mario, Alcune riflessioni sull’uso delle droghe rituali nello sciamanesimo amerindio, Quaderni di Avalon, vol. 23, 1990: 59-69

POLIA MECONI, Mario, L’uso del cactus mescalinico Trichocereus pachanoi nella medicina tradizionale andina, Altrove #1, 1993: 77-92

POLIA MECONI, Mario, La mesa curanderil y la cosmología andina, Anthropológica, vol. 13, 1995: 23-53

POLIA MECONI, Mario & BIANCHI, Antonio, Ethnological evidence and cultural patterns of the use of Trichocereus pachanoi among Peruvian curanderos, Britt. & Rose, Integration, vol. 1, 1991: 65-70

PRINCE, Neil, The Archaeology of Shamanism, Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Ltd, October 25, 2001 ISBN 0415252547

REICHEL-DORMATOFF, Gerardo, The Shaman and the Jaguar: A study of narcotic drugs among the Indians of Colombia, Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 1975

REICHEL-DORMATOFF, Gerardo, Rainforest Shamans: Essays on the Tukano Indians of the Northwest Amazon, Themis Books, 1997

SHARON, Douglas, “Eduardo the Healer”, Natural History, vol. 81(9), 1972: 32-47

SHARON, Douglas, “The San Pedro Cactus in Peruvian Folk Healing”, in: P.T. Furst (Ed.), Flesh of the Gods. The Ritual Use of Hallucinogens, Praeger Publ., New York, 1972: 114-135

SHARON, Douglas, Wizard of the Four Winds, The Free Press, New York – London, 1978
ISBN-10: 0029285801
ISBN-13: 978-0029285800

TELLO, Chavín Cultura Matriz de la Civilización Andina, Universidad de San Marcos, Lima 1960

WOLF, Alan, Fred, The Eagle’s Quest – A physicist finds scientific truth at the heart if the shamanic world, Simon & Schuster, New York 1991