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Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley



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Voice of the Amazonian Rain Forest - Who

www.voiceoftheamazon.com, 13 Feb 2011 [cached]

Douglas Sharon, PhD. is director of the Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, former director of the San Diego Museum of Man and a member of the Association of Science Museum Directors. He holds a PhD. in anthropology from UCLA. He has on going research in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, has published extensively on Peruvian shamanism, and produced an award-winning documentary film.

"Religious Syncretism in Peruvian ...

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"Religious Syncretism in Peruvian Shamanism" with Doug Sharon, retired director of Museum of Anthropology, UCB, at 10 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd., Kensington. 525-0302, ext. 306.

SignOnSanDiego > News > Metro -- AROUND THE REGION

www.uniontrib.com, 10 Oct 2001 [cached]

Douglas Sharon , director of the Museum of Man , said , It is a significant sum , and will make a profound difference in the type of programs and activities we can provide to the public..

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County supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to spend $441 , 000 on new body armor , weapons and ammunition for the Sheriff's Department.
The equipment includes custom-fit bulletproof vests and .45-caliber semi-automatic pistols.

About House of Peru - The Mission, The Vision, The Project, and The Committees

www.houseofperu.org, 14 Aug 2015 [cached]

Under the direction of Dr. Douglas Sharon, Natural Remedies is categorizing, Identifying and Patenting (in Peru) plants that have proven medicinal qualities. This is been done to preserve the rights to this plants for the future benefit of the people of Peru. As part of our contribution to the people of Peru we have made Natural Remedies a part of the House of Peru enabling Natural Remedies to solicit funds to carry on their research projects. Directors: Douglas Sharon, Gladys F. Jones

The Mystery of Ulluchu | Singing to the Plants

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Ethnobotanist Rainer Bussmann and anthropologist Douglas Sharon - whose work I have discussed here - have long been interested in identifying ulluchu. For years they consulted local curanderos and sellers of medicinal plants. "We would go to these markets," Sharon has said, "and people would say, 'We think we know what that is, but it's not being sold here.'" The curanderos claimed to have heard of a plant called ulluchu, perhaps because of its coinage by Larco; but they did not use it, they could not describe it, and the term had no place in their language. "For the last seventy years people have been trying to identify this fruit but couldn't," Bussmann says. "And when our work started, I thought to myself, This is not going to be simple."

Now, in an article in the Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, Bussmann and Sharon have identified ulluchu, not as a pepper, but rather as a group of species in the genus Guarea, which is in the Meliaceae or mahogany family.
"Rainer is a first-rate taxonomist," Sharon says. "He studied every physical characteristic of these plants until he was absolutely certain we had it. When Bussmann compared specimens of Guarea to drawings of the ulluchu that had been unearthed a decade earlier, he knew he had found the plant.
While the existing literature on Guarea seed compounds is fragmentary, Bussmann and Sharon believe that a concentrated dosage of ulluchu seeds, if ingested, would increase heart rate, elevate blood pressure, and widen blood vessels. This would make it easier to extract sacrificial blood - and cause those surprising erections.
Priest costumed as a bird drinking a goblet of blood, with ulluchu in a basin, and perhaps holding a snuff tube
Bussmann and Sharon also suspect that a ground preparation of Guarea seeds, when inhaled, may have been used as a hallucinogen. One ceramic figurine shows a seated male with ulluchu plants on his headdress holding a gourd and pestle, possibly containing ground ulluchu seeds, with his nostrils flared, as is often seen in people inhaling hallucinogenic snuffs. Similarly, a fineline painting shows a winged runner or flying priest with ulluchu on his belt, ulluchu seeds floating above his head, and an instrument in his hand that closely resembles a typical double snuff tube of the sort used to inhale powdered hallucinogens.

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