Religion Past and Present

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I. Religious Studies – II. Medicine – III. Ethics – IV. Practical Theology

I. Religious Studies

Drugs have been used since prehistoric times both for healing purposes and as a means of transcending the normal state of consciousness. The extraordinary state of consciousness induced by drugs (Intoxication, trance, ecstasy) facilitates the contact with the transcendent world and its beings. A good example is the ritual use of the peyote cactus, which con…

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Murken, Sebastian, Ulbrich, Paul, Kreß, Hartmut and Zweigle, Birgit, “Drugs”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 04 July 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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