word entheogen is a modern term derived from two Ancient
Greek words, ἔνθεος (entheos)
and γενέσθαι (genesthai). Entheos literally means "god
(theos) within", more freely translated "inspired". The Greeks used
it as a term of praise for poets and other artists. Genesthai
means "to cause to be" or becoming. So an entheogen is "that
which causes God (or godly inspiration) to be within a person".
In its strictest sense the
term refers to a psychoactive substance (most often some plant
matter with hallucinogenic effects) that occasions enlightening
spiritual or mystical experience, within the parameters of a cult,
in the original non-pejorative sense of cultus. In a broader
sense, the word "entheogen" refers to artificial as well as natural
substances that induce alterations of consciousness similar to those
documented for ritual ingestion of traditional shamanic inebriants,
even if it is used in a secular context.
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The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic
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organization. We assist scientists to design, fund, obtain approval
for and report on studies into the risks and benefits of
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MAPS' mission is to sponsor scientific research designed to develop
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(Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), supporting
psychedelic & medical marijuana research since 1986, has agreed to donate
$2,000 towards the publication of several essays and a bibliography of
scientific papers about the religious use of the Amazonian
and is ready to accept an additional $2,000 from a donor who
wants to support education about ayahuasca. The book was edited by
and it contains scientific articles and a bibliography of papers about
ayahausca, as well as other resources. Supporters will be
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published in Portuguese. Richard Wolfe and
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