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Astrotheology & Shamanism: Christianity's Pagan Roots. A Revolutionary Reinterpretation of the Evidence (Black & White Edition) Paperback – January 22, 2009
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Rick Strassman MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Author, DMT – The Spirit Molecule
We live in a world of paired opposites—all things in the field of time come in twos. This offers comfort and predictability by allowing neat compartments for diverse things, but also leads to elaborately complex symbols and belief systems over time. Christianity, as with Hinduism, has been conceptualized as a tree growing up from a solid platform, but what you don’t see are the roots and fruits, the mystery that helped spawn these traditions. The mystery is, however, revealed in various art forms often hidden away or obscured in some clever fashion. All these traditions—Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Indus Valley—have their origins in shamanic experiences with mind-altering substances. This was not recreational; this was serious business. Jan Irvin and Andrew Rutajit have captured this tone and perspective in, Astrotheology & Shamanism. Well written with clear definitions, but if you think Jesus was a real person, you’re in for a bumpy ride.
John A. Rush, Ph.D.,
Sierra College, Department of Anthropology
Author, Failed God: Fractured Myth in a Fragile World
This is a mind-expanding book. It helps us share the perspective of a shaman (a seer or wise man) on the world and on the interplay of sun and stars…. Ideas put forward by John Marco Allegro about the origin of religion in The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross in 1970 – which met universal condemnation – are here largely vindicated…. The dry philological approach in The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross is here supported by a wider study of symbols, iconography and mythology and further work on word derivation.
Judith Anne Brown
Daughter of John Marco Allegro
Author, John Marco Allegro: The Maverick Of The Dead Sea Scrolls
Having studied many of the same sources listed in Astrotheology & Shamanism; we find the presentation of facts in this 2nd edition to be a refreshingly rational and logical viewpoint- which empowers the reader to observe many perspectives simultaneously. This book decrypts the minutiae and ideology of religion, in which we are all immersed between cradle and grave. It will open your mind to critical thinking and new choices; producing a brilliant ray of hope in an almost post-literate world.
– Richard Grove, 8th Estate Media & Research
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I began to study myself introspectively. I stopped going to Church and saw it for what it was. Any time ideas came up out of the norm, I would attempt to discuss them with my friends. Obviously, due to their being in the Christian environment too it had a clear bias towards the scripture. Everything and every answer was supposedly contained from within God's Word. They could pull passages, chapters, books to support their ideas, but it still didn't give me a fulfilling answer. I found many answers to my questions in this book. This book has changed my perceptions on what Christianity is (and isn't) forever.
I've taken apologetics classes, "Christian Evidences" classes and they simply do not address what is in this book at all. It is a stream of knowledge so guarded over thousands of years (older than the supposed time of Christ himself). Nothing in this book is mainstream, and I find that to be a great thing. If you seek truth, this book is a must.
Contained inside you'll find very detailed information cited with footnotes. You can tell the authors have taken the time to thoroughly flesh out their conclusions. The progression of the book starts in the law of Duality, then Astrology (or Astrotheology as the title indicates) as the "Part 1" to the book.Read more ›
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Excellent research and is necessary to understand how the holidays came to be. A real eye and mind opener.Published 3 months ago by R L C
Bought this book for my husband and he truly enjoyed reading it. Great information, interesting read.Published 3 months ago by Blanka Kobayashi
WOW !! if you have never read anything of this nature, hold on tight to your reading chair, you are in for a wild ride !!!! Read morePublished 9 months ago by jorma
an absolute must-read for everyone. Great book - the authors have done an impeccable amount of research. This information is very enlightening indeed!Published 14 months ago by pino
While the quality of the research and information provided within Astrotheology & Shamanism is excellent, their respective chapters from these dueling authors at times become... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ehyeh Shua
This book is truely one of the most important books ever written and is essential reading for humanity's next major paradigm shift. Read morePublished 15 months ago by loc dogg
What a disappointment and waste of money. If you want a book about the merits of psychedelic mushrooms, the benefits of drinking the urine of those who take them and to convince... Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by Sue C
This book is enlightening. It changes everything you've been taught growing up about religion.To read this book you have to have an open mind. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by joe e benton iii