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FESTIVAL DEDICATION (article first published : 2000-04-11)

The 2000 Rustlers Easter Festival which takes place from April 21 to 24 is dedicated to the memory of Terence McKenna, explorer, author, theoretician, ethnobotanist and orator who died on April 3, 2000.

Born in 1946, Terence McKenna spent the last 25 years in the study of the ontological foundations of shamanism and the ethno-pharmacology of spiritual transformation. Author of Food of the Gods, a study of the impact of psychotropic plants on human culture and evolution and other books, Terence captured the imagination of people worldwide. He emerged as a powerful voice and inspiration for the psychedelic movement and a strong proponent of the emergent societal tendency he called “The Archaic Revival”.

Terence McKenna is quoted as saying: "I have an absolute faith that the universe prefers joy and distills us with joy. That is what religion is trying to download to us and this is what every moment of life is trying to do if we can open to it. And we psychedelic people, if we could secure that death has no sting, we would have done the greatest service to suffering intelligence that can be done."

For more information on Terence McKenna see www.rustlers.co.za/terence.htm. Details for Rustlers Easter Festival on www.rustlers.co.za Write to Rustlers Valley, PO Box 373, Ficksburg, 9730. Phone/fax: +27 (0) 51 933-3286 or Cell: +27(0)82 854-8796




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