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Christian Rätsch

Christian Rätsch is Germany's premier expert on ethnopharmacology and psychoactive plants and animals. Rätsch is an anthropologist and author. Rätsch conducted field research for three years whilst living with the Lacandón Indians in Chiapas, Mexico and completed his doctorate on their incantations and spells. Rätsch resides in Hamburg, Germany with his wife Claudia Müller-Ebeling. Rätsch is the founder and co-editor of The Yearbook of Ethnomedicine and the Study of Consciousness.

Rätsch's maternal lineage is Mongolian and his paternal lineage, German. Rätsch sports waist-length hair and a distinctive Fu Manchu beard, neither of which is he reputed to have had cut.


  • Müller-Ebeling, Claudia and Christian Rätsch and Surendra Bahadur Shahi (2002). Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas. Transl. by Annabel Lee. Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions International.

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