Breaking Open the Head

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Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism
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Author Daniel Pinchbeck
Country United States
Language English
Genre Non Fiction
Publisher Broadway
Publication date
2002
Pages 336 pp
ISBN 0767907426 (ISBN13: 9780767907422)

Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism is a book written by author and journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, founding editor of the literary journal Open City. Published in 2002, Breaking Open the Head covers, in Pinchbeck's words, the cultural history of psychedelic use, philosophical and critical perspectives on shamanism, and his personal transformation from a cynical New York litterateur to psychedelic acolyte.

Pinchbeck details his initiation with the Bwiti and their use of iboga. The account remains personal with Pinchbeck crediting the experience with an insight into his reliance on alcohol.

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References[edit]

  • Pinchbeck, Daniel (2002). Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism. Broadway Books. ISBN 0-7679-0742-6. 

External links[edit]

  • Official site - complements book and offers public discussion forums.