- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: The Book Tree (May 22, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1585091510
- ISBN-13: 978-1585091515
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,121,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mushrooms and Mankind: The Impact of Mushrooms on Human Consciousness and Religion Paperback – May 22, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
This subject is just getting started so there are few books and what few there are are speculative. The entheogen theory of the origin of religions *makes sense*, particularly when focusing on the specifically religious aspect of religion rather than other aspects such as political, ethical, or sociological aspects.
Scholars, including esoteric and Literalist Christian scholars, agree that entheogenic plants are basically reliable triggers for religious experiencing. Historians of religion are trying to use "psychology", "anthropology", and "sociology" to explain the origin of religions. These explanatory threads point to entheogens at the fountainhead of religion, religious experiencing, and religious myth.
This book provides some evidence but most of all provides the all-important *perspective* from which we can see how well it makes good sense to look to entheogens for the origin of mystic experiencing at the root of religion. There's really no reasonable argument against the entheogen theory of the origin of religion -- it enables a full-spectrum, integral-theory explanation of religion to finally come together.
The Chapter on Christmas is brilliant! The obvious mushroom/present connections should be plastered all over the front page of every newspaper. This is ground breaking research of the highest magnitude.Read more ›
I have not seen as broad a look at the subject of Ethnomycology, as far as Amanita muscaria goes, either in contemporary writings or the classics, but I would like to see this author explore more information on Psilocybe sp. My only beef is; I would like more. I hope he has an aim to comment further in future works in regards to some of the subjects only briefly touched upon in this book. I also enjoyed the writing style and will comment that sometimes things just need to be said no matter who doesnt agree with it. Arthur says a lot, about a lot, in this book..
This is a welcomed addition to my library and I find myself commenting on the book and showing it to my friends quite often. The seemingly unrelated areas tend to grow on you and as an example understanding certain connections continues to dawn on me still. Also it is refreshing to see so many new ideas I have seen presented nowhere else. In a world becoming increasingly redundant and robotic I can see the unique combination of ideas and Philosophical viewpoints contained in this book to be revolutionary!
Having been a Bible studier for most of my life I am gratified to report that understanding the Bible is greatly enhansed by reading Mushrooms and Mankind. The esoteric symbolism is unveiled and I now understand much that was previously a mystery to me. This is the greatest impact I could never have imagined coming from a book about Psychedelic mushrooms.
On another note, the reviewer Derick Pillion misrepresented what this book actually says I've read his review and whether it is a misunderstanding or an intentional fabrication, his review is not factual.
This book is packed with connections between mushrooms, myth and religion and I can now see even more of them that were not in the book. I found it to be a valuable stepping-stone in my own research and quest for understanding.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well... this book is a decent read. It's short and to the point, easy to read for the most part. It's organized pretty well. The information content is "so-so". Read morePublished 19 months ago by Von'drelle
Extremely interesting facts about the interconnection between psychedelic mushrooms and the evolution of our culture.Published 22 months ago by Captain Ahab
I found a good part of this book mind blowing. Very informative about secret societies, history and the mushroom. Must read for thoose concerned. Great photos also.Published on April 11, 2013 by JahShaman
This book isn't very long, but it offers some interesting counterpoints to traditional theology. It exposes readers to a subject that's not spoken of in our culture. Read morePublished on September 24, 2010 by Tex
This is a most interesting book, it explains the basic global presence and use of the Amanita Muscaria mushroom throughout history. Read morePublished on April 6, 2008 by England
Sadly James Arthur is dead and his work will not be completed. I really enjoy this little book. While I love to visit with this book the photographs are black and white small and... Read morePublished on March 30, 2008 by W. Drake Dorosh