True Hallucinations and The Archaic Revival Tales and Speculation About the Mysteries of the Psychedelic Experience by Terence McKenna
MJF Books, New York: 1998
From the dust jacket flap: Here, for the first time, two of his classic works are brought together in one volume. In True Hallucinations, McKenna tells the story of his initial journey to the Amazon on a quest to find the powerful psychedilic plants used by indigenous tribes for spiritual exploration. Accompanied by his brother, Dennis, and a group of friends, McKenna traveled to a remote settlement along the Putumayo River called La Chorrera. After a surreal and often harrowing journey, McKenna and his group were introduced to the plants they were seeking by a master shaman; and it is here that the tale really begins. From the preparations of the potent psychedelic brew ayahuasca to the consequent interactions with various interdimensional sentient beings, we are led through a strange, sometimes frightening, always fascinating experience. These events and the many others discussed in True Hallucinations gave rise to the theories that helped enshrine McKenna as our culture's leading enthusiast for the psychedelic movement.
In The Archaic Revival, we see the wider implictions and applications of his psychedelic musings. A collection of articles and interviews with McKenna, The Archaic Revival covers a broad range of his ideas, most of which had their origin in the Amazonian journey described in True Hallucinations. Here McKenna discusses UFO's, tryptamine hallucinogens and consciousness, virtual reality, shamanism, evolution, and theories of the nature of time, including an introduction to his timewave zero theory - a theory that attempts to predict, through the ebb and flow of novelty, the end of history as we know it. The Archaic Revival is a mind-bending compendium of alternative thinking.
Book condition: Like new. Blue boards and green on spine with silver titles; has one small barely-noticeable stain on front; pages tight and clean. Dust jacket like new. This is the single-volume edition of these two classic books, and is scarce in hardback.
About the author: Terence McKenna (1946-2000) was an American psychonaut, ethnobotanist, philosopher, researcher, lecturer and writer. His books span such diverse subjects as ethnobotany, human consciousness, language, psychedelics, alchemy, and extraterrestrial or extradimensional beings. He was one of the first to suggest that mushroom ingestion by early hominids could have precipitated language as well as a survival advantage. His "Timewave Zero" software predicts late 2012 as a singularity of infinite complexity, which coincides with the Mayan calendar's ending of the 13th baktun. With his brother Dennis, he co-authored the classic book Psilocybin - Magic Mushroom Grower's Guide in 1976. He authored and co-authored 10 books, and his tapes and lecture videos continue to be both popular and relevant.