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    Coca has been, ancestrally, a sacred leaf. We, the indigenous, have had a profound respect toward it... a respect that includes that we don't "pisar" it (the verb "pisar" means to treat the leaves with a chemical substance, one of the first steps in the production of cocaine). In general, we only use it to acullicar: We chew it during times of war, during ritual ceremonies to salute Mother Earth (the Pachamama) or Father Sun or other Aymara divinities, like the hills. Thus, as an indigenous nation, we have never prostituted Mama Coca or done anything artificial to it because it is a mother. It is the occidentals who have prostituted it. It is they who made it into a drug. This doesn't mean that we don't understand the issue. We know that this plague threatens all of humanity and, from that perspective, we believe that those who have prostituted the coca have to be punished. - former Bolivian guerrilla leader and presidential candidate Felipe Quispe 2002 via Rigorous Intuition (link)

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11 August 2007


Hemisphere Creep

You may wish to read Theodor Adorno's: The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture.

Book by Theodor W. Adorno, Stephen Crook; Routledge, 1994. 178 pgs.

Specifically, the section titled THESES AGAINST OCCULTISM.


The book is also available as an online download through Amazon for $5.95:

The Stars Down to Earth is the first collection of Theodor Adorno's key papers on the irrational and mass culture. The essays in The Stars Down To Earth offer an analysis of the irrational dimensions of modern culture which is both timely and disturbing in the 1990s, although they were written by Adorno half a century ago. Adorno's ideas are relevant to the understanding of phenomena as apparently diverse as astrology and ``New Age'' cults, the power of neo-fascist propaganda and the re-emergence of anti-Semitism, and the psychological basis of popular culture.

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