ACACIA - SPIRITUAL AND MEDICINAL SIGNIFICANCE, OLD AND NEW
The acacia tree has a long history of use in a range of cultures, often protected by codes of secrecy and initiation, from Ancient Egypt, to early Taoism in China, the Vedas and the Middle East, to East Africa. This large genus is rich in a wide variety of different compounds, with a range of actions, which have both old and more recently found medicinal significance, for a range of conditions and health issues. While acacias gained more recent reputation as potential sources of DMT, Nen has also spoken previously on the acacia tryptamine NMT, as expanding the entheogenic vocabulary from the visual to the spatial, and it's significance in future neurological research. There are also as yet very little understood compounds in some species.
Nen will be summarising knowledge gained in over 20 years of study into the Acacia tree and its entheogenic, medicinal and cultural history, previewing some aspects of his forthcoming and anticipated book. In this talk Nen will pose a key question - what values in our modern world define the sacred? By understanding the relationship ancient cultures had with plants and the environment, we can learn how to envisage long term modern culture of depth, caring and collective wellbeing, In understanding the sacred we can appreciate why the tradition of the acacia has been in most places in history a closely guarded one.
Nen is a leading world Acacia researcher, and has previously spoken at EGA, as well as Breaking Convention in the UK. In his early 20s in 1992 Nen (also known as ‘E’) accidentally ‘discovered’ tryptamines in Acacia obtusifolia, then went on to defend this plant from exploitation, and has spoken much about the need to protect wild plants, and the ethics of entheogen culture. He has introduced a number of species to modern knowledge. In the mid 90s he began training directly in indigenous plant knowledge with custodians of these traditions, a path he continued for 14 years to preserve this wisdom.