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The Last of the Medicine Men - Benedict Allen (book cover)

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Available only from Benedict Allen's office.

The Last of the Medicine Men (2000)

An investigation into the dramatic and mysterious world of shamans and witchdoctors around the globe, focusing on the harmonious, herb-gathering Mentawai of Siberut, the shamans now bizarrely emerging in urban Tuva, the Vodou practises of Haiti, and the Huichol of Mexico - where perhaps the most traditional community of North America gave Benedict the rare privilege of ritually taking their peyote, the hallucinogenic cacti, to bring him at last "face-to-face" with the gods.

Recommended for: anyone interested in shamans and medicine men, and healing practices. Also, those simply interested in other ways people see the world. A suitable gift (it's a hard-back).

Benedict's comment: I persuaded the BBC to undertake what turned out to be the biggest ever such TV series and argued for a book that wouldn't resemble a TV-tie of any sort. This is the result – a pragmatic, and honest account of all I witnessed while spending time with remote and "exotic" healers around the world.

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