- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books; Anniversary edition (November 25, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1556437528
- ISBN-13: 978-1556437526
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries Paperback – November 25, 2008
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“[Gordon Wasson has] made the specialty of mycology something of universal importance and one of the pillars of anthropology and the history of religions.”
—Octavio Paz, Nobel Prize-winning poet and author
“The Road to Eleusis grew out of a three-way collaboration of scholar-scientists sparked by R. Gordon Wasson’s insight into the true nature of an ancient religious ritual, the Eleusinian Mysteries. In collaboration with the world-renowned chemist, Albert Hofmann, and Carl Ruck, a Classical scholar specializing in the ethnobotany of ancient Greece, they give solid foundation to what Wasson deduced as the essence of the Mysteries. The three authors present their findings and their evidence, drawing the specialties of their three fields together in fascinatingly persuasive form.
“The content of those Mysteries is, together with the identity of India’s sacred soma plant, one of the two best kept secrets in history, and this book is the most successful attempt I know to unlock it. Triangulating the resources of an eminent Classics scholar, the most creative mycologist of our time, and the discoverer of LSD, [The Road to Eleusis] is a historical tour de force while being more than that. For by direct implication it raises contemporary questions which our cultural establishment has thus far deemed too hot to face.”
—Huston Smith, author of The World’s Religions
“The book’s themes of the universality of experiential religion, the suppression of that knowledge by exploitative forces, and the use of psychedelics to reconcile the human and natural worlds make it a fascinating and timely read.”
About the Author
R. Gordon Wasson (1898—1986) was a pioneer investigator of sacred indigenous mushroom rituals in Mexico in the 1950s. Albert Hofmann, the famed chemist who discovered the curious properties of LSD in 1943, recently celebrated his 100th birthday in Switzerland. Carl A. P. Ruck, an expert on ancient Greek ethnobotany, lives in Massachusetts.
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Wasson is one of those writers that became better with each book he produced. His books are like fine-wine, they have aged extremely well, are still relevant and always enjoyable. This book belongs in the entheogenic Corpus. It is a quick and enjoyable read and you won't regret buying it.
great insight into an intriguing society
Wasson et al's revelations of the complexity of the myths that surrounded the Eleusian mysteries are fodder for hours upon hours of thought play about the foundations of our culture today.
but the penalty for revealing the nature of said rites was death. This book contains the most likely solution to the mystery.