Ploughing the Clouds
Ploughing the Clouds
The Search for Irish Soma


In Ploughing the Clouds, Peter Lamborn Wilson suggests that the ancient Celts of Ireland may have possessed a "Soma" ceremony similar to one described in the Rig Veda, one of the oldest scriptures in the world. Written in India in 1500 BC, the Rig Veda praises a holy plant called Soma or "magic mushroom" that grants the drinker enlightenment and ecstasy. By comparing Celtic myth and folklore with the Rig Veda, he uncovers an Irish branch of the great Indo-European tradition of psychedelic (or "entheogenic") shamanism, and even reconstructs some of its secret rituals. He uses this comparative material to illuminate the deep meaning of the Soma-function in all cultures: the entheogenic origin of "poetic frenzy," the link between intoxication and inspiration.

Peter Lamborn Wilson is a scholar, critic, poet, and visionary best known for Sacred Drift: Essays on the Margins of Islam (City Lights) and his radio commentaries on WBAI New York.

Title Ploughing the Clouds
Subtitle The Search for Irish Soma
Publisher City Lights Publishers
Title First Published 1999
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 150 p.
ISBN-10 0872863263
ISBN-13 9780872863262
Publication Date 1999
Main content page count 150
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $14.95
 


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