Download PDF by Peter Lee: Opium Culture: The Art and Ritual of the Chinese Tradition

By Peter Lee

ISBN-10: 1594770751

ISBN-13: 9781594770753

an in depth learn of the historical past and utilization of opium

• Explores using opium as a massive therapeutic herb and a well-liked relaxant

• information the opium practices adhered to within the chinese language tradition

• comprises details at the suppression of opium by way of the fashionable pharmaceutical industry

Opium. The very sound of the observe conjures photos of mystery rooms in unique lands, the place languid people who smoke front room dreamily in a blue haze of aromatic poppy smoke, breathing in from lengthy bamboo pipes held over the ruby flame of the jade lamp. but this present day little or no exact details is on the market concerning a substance that for three hundred years was once relevant to the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals in the course of the world.

In Opium Culture Peter Lee offers a desirable narrative that covers each element of the paintings and craft of opium use. beginning with a concise account of opium’s lengthy and colourful background and the tale of the way it got here to be smoked for excitement in China, Lee bargains unique descriptions of the becoming and harvesting technique; the unique stock of instruments and paraphernalia required to smoke opium because the chinese language did; its transition from a big therapeutic herb to a narcotic that has been suppressed by means of the trendy pharmaceutical undefined; its connections to the I Ching, Taoism, and chinese language medication; and the artwork, tradition, philosophy, pharmacology, and psychology of this longstanding Asian customized. Highlighted all through with attention-grabbing prices from literary and creative figures who have been opium people who smoke, similar to Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Herman Melville, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the textual content is studded with gemstones of lengthy forgotten opium arcana and dispels the various chronic myths approximately opium and its users.

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