The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross: A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East Anniversary Edition
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Having said that I don’t believe he makes a good case through this book.
Since the discovery of the Mazatecs in the 1950’s, mushroom use in Christian Churches in the US has been on the rise.
Anyone two has studied the Bible and has experienced these rituals will tell you that the two fit together hand-in-glove.
Whether mushrooms were the basis of the New Testament or simply a dramatic enhancement to Christianity, as a divine gift from God, remains to be seen.
I enjoy carrying this book with me as a conversation starter if nothing else and recommended it highly.
Naturally when i heard about this book i had to have it. I was excited about it, i was anxious yo read it. Im reading it now and honestly, this book is stupid. Its far fetched and borring.
Allegro is into etymology and philology and Derrida himself would be amazed at the deconstructions he posits. Allegro is also what I call an "armchair Sumerologist" much like Zechariah Sitchin was: a self-taught expert on the Sumerian lexicon. Wasson berates him for his lack of credentials on the subject, but in the mid 50's to the mid 60's, when Allegro was composing this book, where could one obtain such credentials? As Sitchin himself once said: when he was writing "The 12th Planet" where may have been all of 20 people in the world that even knew how to read Sumerian, so Wasson can just go bite a big phallic-mushroom (which I'm sure he did many times) and cut Allegro some slack. Yes, some of his "word-brick" conjecture is spurious and some is partially (and partically) credible, but other examples he gives are like Babe Ruth knocking a home-run out of the park.
None of this changes the fact that this book is a MUST-READ. You need it on your shelf. Forever. End of story. So go buy it already!
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It might be true, but too much extrapolation to be taken seriously.
Though it does make you think.
This area has been often and vividly activated under such conditions.
Surely therefore this book must be a tool to assist current research that will help us make the connection. Are we wired for god....was Jesus a mushroom.....
This book is therefore a "must" to help discover why we have been given this "inaccessible" area of the brain.
John Allegro was one of the first people to decipher the dead sea scrolls and a linguistic master. He goes in depth on what specific holidays, biblical stories and mythical stories from religious institutions really mean; their true origins of each word, play on words to puns all routing back to fertility and psychedelics. He has great references and it truly makes you wonder what we've been taught.
That said there is much to question in Allegro's book. It is one thing to suggest that religion, as it emerged at the start of settled agricultural life in Mesopotamia, was a fertility cult, but quite another to say that this was still the case in other parts of the Fertile Crescent thousands of years later. There is also no recognition of the fact that there was more than one type of psychoactive plant or plant parasite in the area, or other ways of acheiving altered states. In general, the book may be thought to depend too much on linguistic material, unqualified by reference to other historical evidence.