Left: The English botanist Richard Spruce spent fourteen years in field research in South America during the 1800's. An insatiable plant-explorer, he might be called the prototype of ethno-botanists of tropical America. His studies laid the foundation of research on the hallucinogens Yopo and Caapi— research still in orogress.
; 64: The Sinii culture of Colombia (from 1200 to 1600) has yielded many enigmatic gold pectorals with mushroomlike representations. They may imply the existence of a cult using these intoxicating fungi, species of which occur in the area. Many of the pectorals have winglike structures, possibly signifying magic flight, a frequent characteristic of hallucinogenic intoxication.
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