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Rätsch, Christian 1957-

Overview
Works: 154 works in 488 publications in 4 languages and 4,827 library holdings
Genres: Encyclopedias  Dictionaries  Folklore  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Creator, Contributor, Other
Classifications: QK99.A1, 615.788
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Christian Rätsch
The encyclopedia of psychoactive plants : ethnopharmacology and its applications by Christian Rätsch( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in 3 languages and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The most comprehensive guide to the botany, history, distribution, and cultivation of all known psychoactive plants"--Provided by publisher
The dictionary of sacred and magical plants by Christian Rätsch( Book )

17 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and German and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The study of sacred and magical plants goes beyond biology - it is also the study of culture and belief. From aloe vera to witch hazel, plants have been used throughout history in rituals and sacred ceremonies by people around the world. Collected here is information about over 200 sacred and magical plants, each entry exploring the plants' cultural and historical significance. The author, Christian Ratsch, states, "Magic is a gateway to other realities." Plants used in specific ways - whether by ingesting them, making them into ointments, or using them as part of a ritual - become the means to approaching these other realities. Shamans, for example, ingest certain plants so that they may experience out-of-body travels. Mushrooms are used to unfold healing powers. Clairvoyants use thornapple to see into the future. Some herbs are said to cause levitation. Priests burn incense to make contact with the gods. And witches are said to have made ointments from plants to go on astral journeys. These methods have been used for centuries to put people in touch with deeper levels of consciousness. In this inclusive source, readers will explore the link between magic, plants, and the search for understanding. They will discover why certain plants are considered sacred or magical and how they may be used in rituals by medicine men, shamans, and others to ward off illness and understand omens. Arranged alphabetically by common plant name, The Dictionary of Sacred and Magical Plants offers more than 200 pages of detailed text about plants as common as ginger and as exotic as jambur, including magical plants of prophesy, magical medicines, love potions and aphrodisiacs, elixirs of immortality and poisons and death charms. Each entry is supported by pharmacological evidence, and many are enhanced by illustrations. A comprehensive bibliography and a glossary provide the reader with a basis for further research. Anyone interested in the adventurous study of magical and sacred plants and world culture will find this an accessible and fascinating reference work on the powers of plants from around the world
Shamanism and tantra in the Himalayas by Claudia Müller-Ebeling( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and German and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal may be the only culture in the world where both shamanic and tantric techniques are still alive and in full practice today. The result of eighteen years of field research, Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas presents for the first time a comprehensive overview of shamanism that is based on the knowledge and experience of the different tribes from that region. Included are original statements from the various ethnic groups and 135 color thangkas, which act as visual guides to the specific practices of the tantric tradition. In addition to the thangkas, the book is lavishly illustrated with numerous photos of different shamanic healing ceremonies, ritual objects, and culturally significant plants that have never been published before. The book also contains a wealth of original recipes, smoking mixtures, scientific tables, charts, and descriptions of more than 20 plants whose psychoactive properties and uses by shamans have never before been researched or documented."--Publisher's description
Pagan Christmas : the plants, spirits, and rituals at the origins of yuletide by Christian Rätsch( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the Nature-centric traditions of Paganism for which Christmas is often regarded as the source
Plants of the gods : their sacred, healing, and hallucinogenic powers by Richard Evans Schultes( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The use of hallucinogenic plants has been a part of human experience for millennia, yet modern Western societies have only recently become aware of the significance that these plants have had in shaping the history of diverse cultures. Capable of bringing human beings in closer touch with the spirit worlds, hallucinogenic plants have long been venerated as aids to mental health and as the sacred connection to the mystical. The authors of this definitive book examine the cross-cultural ceremonial and ritual use of many hallucinogenic substances. Profusely illustrated, this book contains an extensively researched plant lexicon, providing common and botanical names, history, ethnography, preparation, chemical components, usage in healing, and effects for 91 hallucinogenic plants
Witchcraft medicine : healing arts, shamanic practices, and forbidden plants by Claudia Müller-Ebeling( Book )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Marijuana medicine : a world tour of the healing and visionary powers of cannabis by Christian Rätsch( Book )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Enzyklopädie der psychoaktiven Pflanzen : Botanik, Ethnopharmakologie und Anwendung by Christian Rätsch( Book )

24 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in German and Undetermined and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Botanik, Ethnopharmakologie und Anwendungen: Dieses Buch ist weltweit das erste umfassende Werk, das nach dem heutigen Stand der wissenschftlichen Erkenntnis die Welt der psychoaktiven Pflanzen systematisch erschließt. Das Standardwerk zu den psychoaktiven Pflanzen.Von jeher und in fast allen Kulturen dienten dem Menschen psychoaktive Pflanzen dazu, den Bewusstseinzustand zu verändern und mit der Anderswelt, der wahren Wirklichkeit, Kontakt aufzunehmen. Die Pflanzen werden in Monographien mit allen relevanten Informationen zu Botanik, Aussehen, Anbaumethoden, Zubereitung und Dosierung, Geschichte, rituellen und medizinischen Verwendungen, Inhaltsstoffen, Wirkungen, Marktformen und allfällligen Vorschriften beschrieben. Mit wenigen Ausnahmen sind sämtliche Pflanzen im Bild dargestellt. (Quelle: www.buchkatalog.de 10.06.2015)
Plants of love : aphrodisiacs in history and a guide to their identification by Christian Rätsch( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The encyclopedia of aphrodisiacs : psychoactive substances for use in sexual practices by Christian Rätsch( Book )

11 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in German and English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pflanzen der Liebe : Aphrodisiaka in Mythos, Geschichte und Gegenwart by Christian Rätsch( Book )

16 editions published between 1990 and 2008 in German and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abgründige Weihnachten die wahre Geschichte eines ganz und gar unheiligen Festes by Christian Rätsch( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in German and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der Nikolaus, ein menschgewordener Fliegenpilz? Das klingt zunächst befremdlich und weit hergeholt. Seinen ethnologischen Ursprung hat der Weihnachtsmann jedoch schon zu germanischer Zeit: Zum Fest der Wintersonnenwende wurden Fliegenpilze verzehrt, um sich davon zu berauschen und in höhere Dimensionen zu befördern, also der Sonne ein Stück näher zu sein. Christian Rätsch erklärt verblüffende Zusammenhänge und die Hintergründe unseres modernen Weihnachtsrituals: In Wirklichkeit feiern wir nämlich ein heidnisches Fest und der rot-weiß-gewandete Weihnachtsmann entpuppt sich dabei als verkappte Version von Wotan, als heimlicher Schamane und sogar als anthropomorpher Fliegenpilz. Ein schräger Blick auf das bedeutungsvollste aller Feste - wissenschaftlich fundiert und zugleich höchst unterhaltsam
Indianische Heilkräuter : Tradition und Anwendung : eine Pflanzenlexikon by Christian Rätsch( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in German and Undetermined and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ethnobotanik - Heil- und Giftpflanzen
Das Jüngste Gericht : Fresken, Bilder und Gemälde by Martin Zlatohlávek( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in German and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chactun die Götter der Maya : Quellentexte, Darstellung und Wörterbuch( Book )

8 editions published between 1985 and 1994 in German and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heilkräuter der Antike in Ägypten, Griechenland und Rom : Mythologie und Anwendung einst und heute by Christian Rätsch( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in German and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Räucherstoffe : der Atem des Drachen ; 72 Pflanzenporträts ; Ethnobotanik, Rituale und praktische Anwendungen by Christian Rätsch( Book )

13 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hexenmedizin : die Wiederentdeckung einer verbotenen Heilkunst - schamanische Traditionen in Europa by Claudia Müller-Ebeling( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in German and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Das vorliegende Buch eröffnet einen erstaunlichen Zugang zu einem faszinierenden Bereich unserer Kultur- und Medizingeschichte: zur Heilkunst der Hexen, der verbotenen, geächteten, staatlich und kirchlich unterdrückten ""alternativen"" Medizin. Hexenmedizin ist wilde Medizin, sie ist unkontrollierbar und entzieht sich der herrschenden Ordnung. Sie macht Angst, denn sie entscheidet über Leben und Tod. Hexenmedizin ist Kult - schamanischer Heilkult um heilige, das heisst wirkungsvolle Pflanzen. Sie macht mehr als nur gesund: sie bringt Lust und Erkenntnis, Rausch und mystische Einsicht. Die Auto
Bilder aus der unsichtbaren Welt : Zaubersprüche und Naturbeschreibung bei den Maya und den Lakandonen by Christian Rätsch( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in German and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Isoldens Liebestrank : Aphrodisiaka in Geschichte u. Gegenwart by Claudia Müller-Ebeling( Book )

8 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in German and Undetermined and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The encyclopedia of psychoactive plants : ethnopharmacology and its applications
Alternative Names
Christian Rätsch Duits auteur

Christian Rätsch German ethnopharmacologist, anthropologist, author

Rästch, Christian 1957-

Rätsch, Ch 1957-

Ratsch, Christian

Rētčs, Kristians 1957-

Κρίστιαν Ρετς

レッチュ, クリスティアン

Languages
German (142)

English (46)

Spanish (1)

French (1)

Covers
Shamanism and tantra in the HimalayasPagan Christmas : the plants, spirits, and rituals at the origins of yuletidePlants of the gods : their sacred, healing, and hallucinogenic powersWitchcraft medicine : healing arts, shamanic practices, and forbidden plantsMarijuana medicine : a world tour of the healing and visionary powers of cannabisPlants of love : aphrodisiacs in history and a guide to their identificationThe encyclopedia of aphrodisiacs : psychoactive substances for use in sexual practices