Erowid
 
 
Plants - Drugs Mind - Spirit Freedom - Law Arts - Culture Library  
Signed "Free Casey" Blotter
Give $75 or more & get blotter art of LSD chemist Hardison, signed by
luminaries such as Dennis McKenna, Dale Pendell, or the Shulgins!
cover image
The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross
A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East
Rating :
rating
Author(s) :
John Allegro
Pages :
381
Pub Date :
1970,2009
Edition(s) at Erowid :
2009(pb,40th anniversary ed,fine)
Publisher :
Gnostic Media
ISBN :
9780982556276
BACK COVER #
This book takes us back to the beginnings of written language and organised religion.

Through studying the origins and roots of words common to Sumerian and subsequent Middle Eastern languages, John Allegro has been able to show how ideas carried in these words continued into the beliefs, myths and practices of later religions, including Judaism and Christianity. Many of the stories and characters of the Old and New Testament, as well as Greek myths, are seen to be founded on the fertility religions of our ancestors. At the centre of the ancient cult, as the source and embodiment of its myths and rituals, was the sacred mushroom, Amanita muscaria. Allegro asks how far it remained central to biblical traditions, and his findings overturn all conventional views of religion in our time.

This 40th anniversary edition includes a foreword by Judith Anne Brown, author of John Marco Allegro: The Maverick of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and an addendum by Professor Carl A. P. Ruck of Boston University.