Plant geneticists have established that tobacco's 'centre of origin,' the place where it was first cultivated, is located in the Andes Mountains of Peru and Ecuador. Tobacco was used for various medical, social and sacred purposes. Shamans smoked large amounts to induce visions and explore the spirit world.
Source: Gately, I. (2001). Tobacco: A Cultural History. New York: Grove Press.
|Topics:||Cultivation, production and trade, Cultural factors (social, religious, ritual)|