WASSON, R. Gordon; George and Florence COWAN and Willard RHODES. Maria Sabina and her Mazatec Mushroom Velda

(New York and London): A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book; Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974. First edition. Quarto. 281 pages. Separate box containing four cassette tapes. Lacking the musical score. Text and recordings of a shamanic ceremony performed 12-13 July 1958 by María Sabina in the Mazatec village of Huautla de Jiménez, Mexico. Text in Mazatec, with English and Spanish translations. Velada is the name of the healing vigils carried out by Mazatec curanderos (such as María Sabina). The rituals involved the use of psilocybin (magic mushrooms) or Salvia divinorum to commune with God to heal the sick. The spirits, if effectively contacted, would tell the curanderos the nature of the sickness and the way it could be healed. Vomiting by the afflicted was considered an essential part of the ceremony.. Until Wasson met María Sabina in the early 1950s there was almost no proof that the sacred mushroom healing and divination ceremonies and rituals actually existed this thus is an important record of these ancient rituals. The volume is illustrated with a photographic sequence of the velada. The book, in decorative red and beige rustic cloth, is in very good condition, faint ink mark to bottom edge. The cassettes are in very good condition and held in folding cloth box. Box is slightly grubby. Lacking the printed musical score.


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