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Food of the Gods or mere mortals? Hallucinogenic Spondylus and its interpretive implications for early Andean society

  • Mary Glowacki (a1)

Eating shellfish in the wrong season makes you ill. But early people of the Andes seem to have courted these effects to gain out-of-body experiences. It may have been these effects, as well as its distinctive colouring and appearance, that made Spondylus such a very special commodity.

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