ESTRADA, Alvaro. Autobiographie de Maria Sabina La Sage aux Champignons Sacres.

(Paris): Editions du Seuil, 1979.  First French edition.  Octavo.  164 pages.  A shaman and visionary María Sabina lived out her life in the Oaxacan mountain village of Huautla de Jiménez.  Her healing sacred mushroom ceremonies, called veladas, were based on the use of psilocybin mushrooms, particularly Psilocybe caerulescens, a sacred mushroom important to the Mazatecs. María Sabina’s velada‘s contributed to the popularization of indigenous Mexican ritual use of entheogenic mushrooms among westerners. R. Gordon Wasson, the first outsider to take part in the velada, wrote about his experience in a Life magazine article, Seeking the Magic Mushroom; María Sabina’s name and location were not revealed here but they were in his book Russia, Mushrooms and History.  Following its publication numerous hippies, scientists, and other people started visiting the remote isolated village of Huautla de Jimenez. Many 1960s celebrities, including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Keith Richards, were rumoured to have visited María Sabin.  A very good copy in photo-illustrated wrappers.  Uncommon.


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