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TWC-L Introduction

Chris Whitehouse (
Wed, 26 Jun 1996 06:07:02 +0100

Date: Wed, 26 Jun 1996 06:07:02 +0100
From: Chris Whitehouse <>
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vash wrote:
> I think it is nice to sort of have an "Introduction" post to the
> list so that others can get to know people on the list, general
> stuff, before they jump into the list "purpose" subject stuff.

I'm 50, male, unemployed, & have been taking psychedelics for 30 yrs.
Enjoyments (other than drugs) include guitar, fractals, juggling, fungi,
rave flyers, writing, go (the game of Wei Ch'i), & the house-martins
which fly 2000 miles from N Africa every year to nest above the kitchen
window of my council flat.

impatient jump into the list "purpose" subject stuff... please forgive :)

MicA has mentioned Huxley, Leary & "Tibetan Book of the Dead" (via
Leary's "The Psychedelic Experience"?)... would like to add
"Persephone's Quest" (R Gordon Wasson et al, Yale Univ Press, 1986)
which summarises known associations between origins of the world's
religions & entheogens (my interpretation).

Excerpt from article "Pharmacodynamics and Therapeutic Applications of
Iboga and Ibogaine" (Robert Gouterel, Otto Gollinhofer & Roger Sillans)
in "Psychedelic Monographs and Essays" (ed Thomas Lyttle, Vol 6, 1993):

"The initiate has seen, he knows, he believes, but as a Mitsogho, he
will only make this journey twice: during the initiation and on the
day of his death. It is out of the question for him to take iboga
again under the same conditions. From then on the sacred plant will
only be used sparingly, to 'warm the heart' and to help him 'in
physical efforts or discussion'."

However from correspondence with Howard S Lotsof <>:

"The Mitsogho represent the orthodox sext of the Bwiti; and the Fang,
Beteke and other indigenous peoples who adopted the religion from
the Mitsogho are the equivalent of reformed sects. Among peoples
other than the Mitsogho, Ibogaine or more correctly Eboka or Eboga
may be taken a number of times in full doses. Also the reformed
sects allow women to participate..."

Guess what I'm trying to say is that being aware of the historical
context (that we are part of & adding to) may be of value... like:

"It is not known when the Chinese first used cannabis to achieve its
hallucinogenic effects, but it is known that consuming the drug for
this purpose was disapproved of in the period around 600 BC."

from "The Encycopedia of Psychoactive Drugs: Flowering Plants"
(Burke, 1988)

plus ca change? :)


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