Maria Sabina and Her Mazatec Mushroom Velada
R. Gordon Wasson, et al.
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975. Quarto. Custard perfect bound paper wraps, bumped at the edges, trace soiling, some rubbing to the spine. Printed in Verona by Stamperia Valdonega in 1974. 79 pages. Plus four cassettes housed in a beige clamshell box. Minus the clothbound volume originally issued with this set. First edition. Near fine.
A Shamanic performance complete. Dr. Wasson, a pioneer in the study of the role of mushrooms in religious ritual, gives us a recording of an authentic "consultation" of the Sacred Mushroom . . . The occasion was the illness of a youth. The mushroom, through the mouth of Maria Sabina, a curandera, decreed that the boy must die. He heard the bad news and died days later. Conducted in 1956, Wasson's psychedelic expedition was funded by the CIA's MK-Ultra subproject 58. The book which accompanies the recordings provides a musical score.
"Because I can swim in the immense
Because I can swim in all forms
Because I am the launch woman
Because I am the sacred opposum"