Hallucinogenic Plants and Religious Belief

By Rita Singh and Deblina Kar.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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In every traditional culture, plants have been highly valued for their nourishing, healing, and transformative properties. There are many powerful plants, which are known to transport the human mind into other dimensions of consciousness and have always been considered by peoples in non industrial societies as “plants of the gods”. But most of these medicinal plants have found an integral part of treatment of many incurable diseases. Many scientists, from time to time, have discussed the classic texts on the ritual uses of hallucinogenic or psychoactive plants. Historical evidence shows clearly the attitudes of Christians, Muslims and Hindus in accepting psychotropic substances in their own culture and tradition.

Keywords: Hallucinogenic Plants, Psychoactive Substances, Sacred Plants, Drug Addiction, Religious Belief, Rituals

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 7, pp.45-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.152MB).

Prof. Rita Singh

Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Sharda University, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Dr. Rita Singh obtained her Ph.D degree from University of Calcutta. She has also done a professional degree Associateship in Information Science (AISc) from Indian National Scientific Documentation centre (INSDOC) under Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi. Her area of specialization is Tissue Culture of Medicinal & Aromatic plants. A keen researcher Dr. Singh has many research papers and books to her credit. She worked as Research Scientist for several years at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. Presently she is working as Professor Dept of Biotechnology, Sharda University, Greater Noida, U.P. India.

Deblina Kar

Final year MBBS Student, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research (SSKM Hospital), Kolkata, India


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