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Mushrooms, Myth and Mithras: The Drug Cult that Civilized Europe Paperback – July 26, 2011
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"Mushrooms, Myth & Mithras is an extremely well-constructed academic argument proving that it is impossible to deny the connection between the use of entheogenic substances and religious practice for generations across countries and cultures. The evidence is extremely well documented in art, literature (myths and oral storytelling), and architecture. Over time, all these forms of evidence become blended into cross-cultural metaphors and ideas that show the same information coming from multiple cultures."" -- Ian Jones, Verbicide
"This book is all about the evolution of European culture, from ancient times right up through the advent and dominance of Christianityand how it all started with and depended on shrooms. . . . I feel like I took a class on the subject." -- Rio Connelly, Slug Magazine
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This is symbolic of how the fly agaric would rise from the darkness (the ground) and into the light (above ground). So would the initiate start off in darkness or state of not knowing and as he would become enlightened from the revelations at the end of the trip he would rise into the light. We can see how the allegorical story of Jesus in Christianity can represent this experience of man becoming enlightened by the divine. Much as Jesus after he made the sacrifice of his life was reserrected (enlightened) three days later. Just like after the sacrifice of self by taking the mushroom one temporarily sacrifced their sanity but was enlightened or born again after it.
The book does a excellent job in explaining the parallels of the fundamental beliefs between the faiths and one begins to see how other religions also are symbolic representations of the same divine knowledge.Read more ›
I had only considered this cult from an astronomical perspective but there was something missing in this approach.The authors here supply the missing links and make Ulansey's thesis more complete. The authors are more convincing that the entheogenic aspect is much more logical as to why Mithrasism would appeal to the legionnaires rather than some abstract theory on the precession of the equinoxes.
The iconography is fascinating although the authors drop so many little known details from so many myths that it's hard to keep up.
The best part of the book is in the explanation of Mithrasism and its ancient appeal as illustrated through the iconography . I was less impressed with later connections to freemasonry and post-renaissance histories which I believe were added to pad the text.
The surprise came in the appendix with an account of possible survival of the cult into Kurdish communities.
They could have deleted the masonic speculation and concentrated more on this phenomena.
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There is a lot of anthropological history that is clarifying and I really liked the way the information was presented.Published 23 months ago by Val