Where the Gods Reign is a complete anthropological overview of the Amazon rainforest ecosystem, containing chapters on rivers, ethnic groups, cultural activities, rubber and coca plants, drugs and medicines, and others. Beautiful photographs taken by Dr. Schultes during the ‘40s and ‘50s are accompanied by explanatory text, providing a vivid illustration of the evolutionary relationship between mankind and the biomes within which we live. Richard Evans Schultes is considered the father of modern ethnobotany and this text, a companion to Vine of the Soul, is a classic in the field.
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Richard Schultes is a true ethnobotanist, the incarnation and almost the inventor of this discipline… Where the Gods Reign is a picture book.. of great beauty and tranquility… full of fascinating information.
—Sir John Hemming, New York Times Literary Supplement
[The photos]…would almost stand on their own as a remarkable record of the region, but we are authoritatively treated also to an eloquent and information narrative.
-Steve Bowles, The Geographical Journal (Royal Geographic Society, London)