A question for those with more expertise on this topic than I posess:
Where might Joseph Campbell's comparitive mythological work come into play to shed meaningful light on the mentioned topics?
Also the works of ethnobotanist Wade Davis like __Shadows In the Sun__, __One River__ and especially __The Serpent And The Rainbow__.
(At an amazing dinner at George & Jerry Armstrong's house in Wilmette, Illinois, Joseph C. sang
Let us all praise Zarathustra,
Just the way we useta
I'm a Zarathustra booster,
And that's good enough for me.
Let us all praise Aphrodite,
She wears a see-through nighty,
She's beautiful but flighty,
And she's good enough for me.
That's all I remember right now.)
A fascinating discussion, but where would Campbell and Davis's work fit into the explorations in this thread? Seems to me that there would be plenty to glean from the work of these men.