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Postby amamark » Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:08 pm

Just watched a NGC show about some South American pyramid builders who performed human sacrifice. They pre-drugged their victims with a seed called AMALA. But I can’t find any other information about the species identity. There is a seed called AMLA in Indian medicine, but it is Old World and I don’t think it’s the same thing. Need help.
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Postby catfishrivers » Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:23 pm

I was only able to find this in the books I have here:

Garden of Eden (Snu Voogelbriender), p. 362:
In Nepal Phyllanthus emblica is the sacred 'amala' tree, which is considered a form of 'amrita' and is used in ceremonies, though it is unclear whether it is ingested (Muller-Ebeling et. al.2002)
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Re: amala seed -

Postby amamark » Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:49 pm

Even though the names are sometimes interchanged, I don’t think they are the same thing. I think Phyllanthus is Old World and is “AMLA”; not the South American “AMALA”.

Google gives the first hint:
“Phyllanthus emblica” “amala” gets 49 hits.
“Phyllanthus emblica” “amla” gets 50,000 hits.

South American AMALA use predated Columbus and the Spanish Conquest, so I can’t imagine that the same species originally existed (naturally) in both continents. Plus the medicinal uses of AMLA don’t sound anything like the drug effect of AMALA mentioned in the show.
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Postby egor » Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:43 am

^what show was it on?
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Postby CindorDGR » Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:13 am

I did a research in spanish and find http://www.encuentrocientificointern...7vvol4num1.pdf. That text said Amala seeds were used ceremonially and it belong to Nectandra sp., from the Lauraceae family, which have an Strychnine like alkaloid according to the paper.
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