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  R. Gordon Wasson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gordon Wasson (September 22, 1898 – December 23, 1986) was an author, amateur researcher and banker.
Wasson's studies in ethnomycology began during his 1927 honeymoon trip to the Catskill Mountains when his wife Valentina Pavlovna Guercken chanced upon some edible wild mushrooms.
Hoffman and Wasson were also the first westerners to collect specimens of the Mazatec hallucinogen Salvia divinorum, leading to its description as a new species, and bringing it into cultivation outside of Mexico.
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 Erowid R. Gordon Wasson Vault
Wasson taught English and worked as a journalist for various magazines before, in 1926, marrying Valentina Pavlovna Guercken, a Russian-born pediatrician.
Wasson is also credited with having collected the first herbarium sample of Salvia divinorum in 1962 during his travels in Mexico.
In 1963, Wasson began researching the identity of Indian soma, with the theory that it could be identified as the Amanita muscaria mushroom.
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 MetaHistory - Metahistory: Lexicon W
Wasson thesis A revisionist historical theory formulated by R. Gordon Wasson, who proposed that the experiential basis of all religions was the sacramental use of sacred plants, such as the Amanita muscaria (fly-agaric) and Psilocybe mexicana (“magic mushrooms”).
Wasson (1898 – 1986) worked as a journalist and political analyst before becoming an investment banker with J. Morgan and Company, where he remained until 1963.
Wasson's interest in mushrooms was sparked by his Russian wife, Valentina, when they were honeymooning in the Catskills in 1926.
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 Botany Libraries Archives, R. Gordon Wasson Archives
On a delayed honeymoon in 1927 in the Catskill Mountains of New York, the Wassons' lifelong gathering of "references to mushrooms and toadstools in the folklore of the world" began.
Upon retiring in 1963, RGW began Far Eastern field investigations relating to his thesis that the Indian soma plant was the mushroom Amanita muscaria (fly-agaric).
The term "entheogen," was devised by RGW and his colleagues to replace the terms "hallucinogenic" or "psychedelic" or "drug" that had been used during the 1960's.
www.huh.harvard.edu /libraries/wasson.html   (354 words)

  
 CSP - 'The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries' by R. Gordon Wasson, Carl Ruck and Albert Hofmann
Wasson, R. Gordon; Hofmann, Albert; Ruck, Carl A.P. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
In collaboration with a world-renowned chemist, Albert Hofmann, and Carl A. Ruck, a classical scholar specializing in the ethnobotany of ancient Greece, R. Gordon Wasson gives solid foundation to what he deduced as the solution of the Mysteries.
In July 1975 I was visiting my friend Gordon Wasson in his home in Danbury when he suddenly asked me this question: whether Early Man in ancient Greece could have hit on a method to isolate an hallucinogen from ergot that would have given him an experience comparable to LSD or psilocybin.
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 Robert Gordon Wasson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Robert Gordon Wasson was born on September 22, 1898 in Great Falls, Montana.
Wasson published an article in Life Magazine on May 13, 1957 which covered the Mexican mushroom sessions entitled Seeking the Magic Mushroom.
Wasson's role as an amateur scholar, as well as a generalist, led him to have no institutional affiliations.
www.mnsu.edu /emuseum/information/biography/uvwxyz/wasson_robert.html   (520 words)

  
 ROBERT GORDON WASSON Seeking the Magic Mushroom
The Wassons have been on the trail of strange and hitherto unstudied mushrooms with vision-giving powers.
Come." As the ritual proceeded Wasson lost himself in wondrous flights of fancy which moved him to say afterward, "For the first time the word ecstasy took on real meaning.
On his latest expedition to seek out and study the hallucinogenic mushrooms, Wasson was accompained by Professor Roger Heim, an old friend, one of the world's leading mycologists and head of France's Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle.
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 WASSON, Valentina Pavlovna & R. Gordon Wasson., Mushrooms Russia and History.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Gordon Wasson, an investment banker with the firm of J. Morgan, became obsessed with the study of mushrooms after his wife Valentina educated him on their importance in Russian life.
Wasson and Wasson surmised that mushroom worship was a significant component of pre-literate man's religious life in most of Eurasia and the Americas.
The Wassons' account inspired Dr Timothy Leary and countless others to try the mushrooms, and is considered by many to have ushered in the Psychedelic Revolution of the 1960s.
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 Alibris: R Gordon Wasson
Gordon Wasson, an internationally known ethnomycologist who was one of the first to investigate how these mushrooms were venerated and used by different native peoples, here joins with three other...
by Ruck, Carl A., and Hoffman, Albert, and Wasson, R. Gordon
by Wasson, Valentina Pavlovna, and Wasson, R. Gordon
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 Acid Dreams: God's Flesh   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Gordon Wasson, the seventeen-page spread, complete with color photos, was laudatory in every way.
Wasson, a vice-president of J. Morgan and Company, pursued a lifelong interest in mushrooms as a personal hobby.
As he chewed the bitter fungus, Wasson was determined to resist its effects so as to better observe the ensuing events.
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 The Ultimate Field Guide to Magic Mushrooms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
On June 29, 1955, ethnomycologists R. Gordon Wasson and his photographer, Alan Richardson, became the first westerners in modern times to actually participate and partake of the sacred mushrooms in an Indian ceremony held under the supervision of a curandera, María Sabina.
A few weeks later, Wasson inticed his wife Valentina and their 19-year-old daughter Masha into consuming some of the sacred entheogenic mushrooms.
Gordon Wasson reported that the sacred mushrooms and their use was heavily concentrated and widespread throughout the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
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 Powell's Books - The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Tributes to R. Gordon Wasson by Terence McKenna, Joan Halifax, Peter T. ...
Gordon Wasson's work on hallucinogenic mushrooms with the Mexican curandera Maria Sabina in the '50s brought increased attention to the importance of psychoactive plants in the spiritual life of indigenous peoples, forming the ground for the social revolution of the following decade.
With the growing interest in the role of psychoactive plants in society today, the work of R. Gordon Wasson and the example set by the man himself, so well illustrated here, takes on increasing importance.
Mycologist R. Gordon Wasson's pioneering work with Mexican curandera Maria Sabina in the 1950s brought increased attention to the use of psychoactive plants in the healing and spiritual life of indigenous peoples.
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 Dr. Albert Hofmann | Psilocybin | Psilocin
The researcher was, of course, R. Gordon Wasson, but his name was not mentioned in the article and Dr. Hofmann would remain interested in the mysterious mushrooms.
Roger Heim had accompanied R. Gordon Wasson on his 1956 expedition to Huautla de Jimenez and identified and named several of the species used by the Mazatecs in their divinatory and curing rites.
In 1956, Moore, who was in reality a CIA operative specializing in the synthesis of psychoactive and chemical weapons for the CIA, offered R. Gordon Wasson a $2,000 grant from the agency's front group, The Geschikter Foundation, and invited himself along on Wasson's next expedition.
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 Find in a Library: The Sacred mushroom seeker : essays for R. Gordon Wasson
The Sacred mushroom seeker : essays for R. Gordon Wasson
Subjects: Wasson, R. Gordon -- 1898- -- (Robert Gordon),
Wasson, R. Gordon -- 1898- -- (Robert Gordon),
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 James Arthur Dies, World's Foremost Ethno-Mycologist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Having discovered works by such Pioneers (in Ethno-Mycology) as (1) R. Gordon Wasson and (2) John Marco Allegro.
In 1976 R. Gordon Wasson told James, in his opinion, James was the world's leading expert in the field of Ethno-Mycology, as it pertains to Christianity.
James devotes his work to his Mentor and friend R. Gordon Wasson and considers Gordon's life's work to be "The roots for the most valuable study of all".
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 Amazon.com: Sacred Mushroom Seeker : Tributes to R. Gordon Wasson: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Persephone`s Quest : Entheogens and the Origins of Religion by R.
Gordon Wasson's work on hallucinogenic mushrooms sparked the psychedelic movement: this varied collection includes contributions in the field of ethnobotany, comparative religion and anthropology, and offers a tribute to Wasson's research through new contemplations.
Gordon Wasson, outstanding amateur scientist, explorer and traveller, died 23 December 1986.
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 CSP - 'SOMA: Divine Mushroom of Immortality' by R. Gordon Wasson
CSP - 'SOMA: Divine Mushroom of Immortality' by R. Gordon Wasson
Wasson's work establishes, in our opinion convincingly, that among all the candidates put forward for representing Soma, Amanita muscaria is by far the most plausible.
There is I think an inference that we may draw: a plant with properties that could be plausibly named the Herb of Immortality responded to one of man's deepest desire s in the early stage of his intellectual development.
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 Ethno-Psychopharmacology
In R. Gordon Wasson; Stella Kramrisch; Jonathan Ott; Carl A.P Ruck: PERSEPHONE'S QUEST: ENTHEOGENS AND THE ORIGINS OF RELIGION, pp.17-81.
In R. Gordon Wasson; Stella Kramrisch; Jonathan Ott; Carl A.P Ruck: PERSEPHONE'S QUEST: ENTHEOGENS AND THE ORIGINS OF RELIGION, pp.83-94.
In R. Gordon Wasson; Stella Kramrisch; Jonathan Ott; Carl A.P Ruck: PERSEPHONE'S QUEST: ENTHEOGENS AND THE ORIGINS OF RELIGION, pp.141-148.
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 R. Gordon Wasson   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
R. Forte (ed.; contributions from R. Wasson and others) 1997 Entheogens and the Future of Religion ISBN 1889725013
R. Wasson, S. Kramrisch, J. Ott and C. Ruck 1986 Pesephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion ISBN 0300052669
R. Wasson 1976 Maria Sabina and Her Mazatec Mushroom Velada ISBN 015157202X
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 R Gordon Wasson Books, Book Price Comparison at 75 Bookstores.
Essays by Albert Hofmann, R. Gordon Wasson, the Shulgins, Terenc...
Gordon Wasson Willard Rhodes George Cowan Florence Cowan
Gordon Wasson Albert Hoffman Ruck Carl A. Hardcover -
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 Amazon.ca: Books: The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Tributes to R. Gordon Wasson by Terence McKenna, Joan Halifax, Peter T. ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Gordon Wasson was a wonderful mixture: part businessman, part adventurer, part scholar.
He achieved more in each of these fields than most do in any one discipline.
"R. Gordon Wasson's work on hallucinogenic mushrooms sparked the psychedelic movement: this varied collection includes contributions in the field of ethnobotany, comparative religion, and anthropology and offers a tribute to Wasson's research through new contemplations."
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0892813385   (375 words)

  
 Conversation for Exploration - Mushrooms & Mankind - James Arthur
Having discovered works by such Pioneers (in ethno-Mycology) as (1) R. Gordon Wasson and (2) John Marco Allegro James set out on a quest to unravel the mysterious meanings and implications of sacramental ingestion of plants in a religious context.
James was saddened by the death of his Mentor and friend R. Gordon Wasson and considderes his lifes work to be "The roots for the most valuable study of all".
It is no longer the property of those few elite to keep hidden from the general population.
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 Lycaeum | Books | Soma, Divine Mushroom of Immortality, R. Gordon Wasson
Soma, Divine Mushroom of Immortality, R. Gordon Wasson
Wasson aroused considerable attention by advancing the thesis that the sacred plant called SOMA in the ancient Rig Veda tests of India is really a hallucinogen is mushroom, the fly-agaric.
The Herb (or Plant) of Life, the Herb of Immortality, the Fruit of the Tree of Life, the Divine Mushroom of Immortality-these are alternatives ultimately representing the fly-agaric, no matter how far removed the poet or sage or king might be from the real thing.
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 R. Gordon Wasson
Persephone's Quest : Entheogens and the Origins of Religion by R. Gordon Wasson, et al (Hardcover - June 1988)
Sacred Mushroom Seeker : Tributes to R. Gordon Wasson; Thomas J. Riedlinger(Editor), et al
The Road To Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries; R. Gordon Wasson, et al
www.telesterion.com /esotericbooks/persephone.htm   (158 words)

  
 Persephones Quest: Entheogens And The Origins Of Religion; Author: Wasson, R. Gordon; Author: With Ruck, Carl A. P.; ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Persephones Quest: Entheogens And The Origins Of Religion; Author: Wasson, R. Gordon; Author: With Ruck, Carl A. P.; Paperback
Author: Wasson, R. Gordon; Author: With Ruck, Carl A. Paperback; Illustrations
Prices subject to change to be advised on confirmation of order.
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 Amazon.co.uk: Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
R.Gordon Wasson, Stella Kramrisch, Jonathan Ott, Carl A.P. Ruck
Publisher: learn how customers can search inside this book.
Wasson, who investigated how these mushrooms were venerated and used by different native peoples, here joins with three other scholars to discuss his discoveries.
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 The Road to Eleusis - Chapter I.
That the reader may sense the drama of this our latest discovery I will begin by retelling the story of our mushroomic adventure.
It constitutes in large measure the autobiography of the Wasson family, and it has now led us directly to Eleusis.
Late in August 1927 my bride, as she then was, and I took our delayed honeymoon in the chalet lent to us by the publisher Adam Dingwall at Big Indian in the Catskills.
www.psychedelic-library.org /eleuch1.htm   (4388 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Entheogens and the Future of Religion (Entheogen Project Series, Number 2): Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
by Robert Forte (Editor), Eric Sterling, Albert Hofmann (Editor), R.
Gordon Wasson (Editor), David, Brother Steindl-Rast (Editor), Jack Kornfield (Editor), Robert Jesse (Editor), Dale Pendell (Editor), Thomas Riedlinger (Editor), Roberts Thomas (Editor), Rick Strassman (Editor)
At its best, it is excellent (see, e.g., Forte's conversations with R.G. Wasson and Jack Kornfield).
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1889725048?v=glance   (1039 words)

  
 Botany Libraries Archives, R. Gordon Wasson Archives
Correspondence and Other Papers Relating to Gifts and Gift of the Wasson Library to Harvard University, 1960-1986
99% of the foldered material remains labelled and organized in the order which Wasson established and maintained.
Correspondents represented in one series may also be included in other series.
www.huh.harvard.edu /libraries/wasson/SCOPECON.html   (287 words)

  
 Persephone's Quest : Entheogens and the Origins of Religion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Gordon Wasson, Stella Kramrisch, Jonathan Ott, Carl A. Ruck
Gordon Wasson, an internationally known ethnomycologist who was one of the first to investigate how these mushrooms were venerated and used by different native peoples, here joins with three other scholars to discuss his discoveries about these fungi, which he has called entheogens, or 'god generated within.'
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 The Road to Eleusis
R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann, Carl A. Ruck
The Road to Eleusis original ©1978 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Twentieth Anniversary Edition ©The R. Gordon Wasson Estate
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