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Mike Jay's booklet bargains an excellently researched account of the altering interface of drug use, social values, foreign alternate and trade, and cultural conditioning. It makes for a desirable learn for these drawn to our lengthy and sundry courting with psychoactive fabrics and our quest for novelty."— (Tom Soloway Pinkson, Ph.D., writer of The Shamanic knowledge of the Huichol: medication Teachings for contemporary instances)

"The attention-grabbing historical past of mind-altering components is given an articulate and clever remedy in Mike Jay's fascinating narrative. this can be whatever yet a dry recounting. The intertwined impacts of tradition, politics, and finance at the background and notion of drug use are chronicled during this well-written and engrossing study."—(J. D. Arthur, writer of Salvia Divinorum: Doorway to Thought-Free know-how)

Every society is a excessive society. on a daily basis humans drink espresso on ecu terraces and kava in Pacific villages; chunk betel nut in Indonesian markets and coca leaf on Andean mountainsides; swallow ecstasy capsules within the golf equipment of Amsterdam and opium tablets within the deserts of Rajastan; smoke cannabis in Himalayan temples and tobacco and marijuana in each country on the earth. Exploring the spectrum of drug use all through history—from its roots in animal intoxication to its destiny in clothier neurochemicals—High Society paints vibrant pictures of the jobs medications play in several cultures as medicinal drugs, non secular sacraments, prestige symbols, and coveted alternate items.

From the botanicals of the classical global throughout the mind-bending self-experiments of 18th- and 19th-century scientists to the substitute molecules that experience remodeled our knowing of the mind, Mike Jay finds how medicinal drugs akin to tobacco, tea, and opium drove the worldwide alternate and cultural alternate that created the trendy international and examines the forces that ended in the prohibition of opium and cocaine a century in the past and the "war on drugs" that rages at the present time. MIKE JAY is a number one professional within the examine of substances throughout background and cultures.

The writer of synthetic Paradises, Emperors of goals, and the ambience of Heaven, his serious writing on medications has seemed in lots of guides, together with The parent, The Telegraph, and The overseas magazine of Drug coverage. He sits at the editorial board of the habit magazine medicines and Alcohol this present day and at the board of the rework Drug coverage origin. He lives in England.

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The arrows of the Indians were no match for the ar­ tillery of the Spaniards; the Indians broke ranks and fled into the lake. The Spaniards took possession of Tayasal the next morning (Means 1 9 1 7 : 1 84- 1 8 5 ). Although Lake Peten Itza was technically not part of the Yucatan peninsula, the conquest of the Itza was an important event in the Spaniards' interpreta­ tion of colonial Yucatecan history. Whether it was true or not, both the Spaniards and the Indians of Yucatan believed that the Itza were a Yucatecan people who had migrated from Chichen Itza in the northern part of the peninsula some years before the arrival of the Spaniards (Means 1 9 1 7 : r o r ).

Collins ( 1 973 : 3 ) 1 who points out that . . it is worth noting that Franciscan influence in the eastern portion of the Peninsula was negligible at this point in time. erida; and, in fact, it was not until several years later that the friars committed themselves to the Christianization of eastern Yucatan with the establishment of a base mis­ sion at Valladolid ( 1 5 5 3 ). This is not to deny that there were Christian Indians in the eastern provinces at the time of the revolt: the records clearly indicate that there were, especially among the natives attached to Spanish households in Valladolid.

In r 6 2 r Father Diego Delgado decided to make an­ other attempt to Christianize the Itza, but he was much less fortunate than Fuensalida and Orbita had been. When he landed on the island with a small escort of thirteen Spanish soldiers, they were at first received peacefully enough. But soon after their ar­ rival, the Indians attacked them. "All the soldiers were killed, and their hearts were torn from their breasts, while their heads were set upon stakes around the village. Later they took Fray Diego, cut him up into pieces, and set his head on a stake also" (Means 1 9 1 7 : S r ) .

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