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Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru

Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru

Tahir Shah
3.9/5 (470 ratings)
A shrunken head from Peru and a feather with traces of blood are the clues that launch Tahir Shah on his latest journey. Fascinated by the recurring theme of flight in Peruvian folklore, Shah sets out to discover whether the Incas really were able to "fly like birds" over the jungle, as a Spanish monk reported. Or was their soaring drug-induced? His journey, full of surreal experiences, takes him from the Andes mountains to the desert and finally, in the company of a Vietnam vet, up the Amazon deep into the jungle to discover the secrets of the Shuar, a tribe of legendary savagery.
- Travel writing at its best, at once colorful, informative, and amusing. Doris Lessing said that Shah has a "genius for surreal traveling."
- The cast of characters includes madmen and dreames, sorcerers and con men, headhunters and scholars--in short, the usual assortment for Shah.
- Features an appendix on flora-based hallucinogens of Amazonia, including ayahuasca, "the vine of the dead."
- Hardcover ISBN: 1-55970-613-9
Language
English
Pages
288
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Arcade Publishing
Release
June 16, 2003
ISBN
1559706775
ISBN 13
9781559706773

Trail of Feathers: In Search of the Birdmen of Peru

Tahir Shah
3.9/5 (470 ratings)
A shrunken head from Peru and a feather with traces of blood are the clues that launch Tahir Shah on his latest journey. Fascinated by the recurring theme of flight in Peruvian folklore, Shah sets out to discover whether the Incas really were able to "fly like birds" over the jungle, as a Spanish monk reported. Or was their soaring drug-induced? His journey, full of surreal experiences, takes him from the Andes mountains to the desert and finally, in the company of a Vietnam vet, up the Amazon deep into the jungle to discover the secrets of the Shuar, a tribe of legendary savagery.
- Travel writing at its best, at once colorful, informative, and amusing. Doris Lessing said that Shah has a "genius for surreal traveling."
- The cast of characters includes madmen and dreames, sorcerers and con men, headhunters and scholars--in short, the usual assortment for Shah.
- Features an appendix on flora-based hallucinogens of Amazonia, including ayahuasca, "the vine of the dead."
- Hardcover ISBN: 1-55970-613-9
Language
English
Pages
288
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Arcade Publishing
Release
June 16, 2003
ISBN
1559706775
ISBN 13
9781559706773

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