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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Ronin Publishing (8 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579510302
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579510305
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I found this book very interesting indeed. It gives a whole new spectrum on Ancient Religions in general as well as Eleusis in particular. Excellent material!

However I found Carl Ruck's style of writing rather annoying at times, leaving me wondering if he was on them while he was writing? And is English not his first language? When I find words used that aren't even in a very large dictionary I do get annoyed with the pretentiousness of the author! Certainly I doubt very much that this book was properly proof read by someone for whom English is their first and only language! And who dared to actually make any changes!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Excellent scholarship with a deep understanding of Eleusis 25 Mar. 2008
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Sacred Mushrooms of the Goddess: Secrets of Eleusis, by Carl A. P. Ruck, 2006.

Over the years the information on the secrets of Kykeon in the ancient Eleusinian mysteries has caused quite some debate. Was the drink just some wine, or strong wine with the ancients unable to handle their alcohol? Or was the Kykeon an entheogenic brew, possibly using psychedelic mushrooms, ergot, henbane and/or other secret ingredients?

The truth is with the latter. Today we know from the work of Peter Webster, Ruck and others that Wasson and Hofmann's first proposal was wrong, but that with some careful study and close analysis the proper corrections have been made. But the truth actually lies somewhere in the middle.

This book pulls together various aspects of ancient Greek mythology and the stories surrounding Persephone and Demeter. It argues a clear case for the use of the mushrooms - both primary varieties - Amanita muscaria and Psilocybe, with the primary focus on A. muscaria. So which was it, a concoction made from ergot, menthe, and barley, or was it made from mushrooms? It was certainly made from what was available when and where. Both mushrooms and ergot, Ruck argues, were used interchangeably.

Along with the Eleusinian mysteries and the shrouding of the ancient rites, so too do some people seem unable to grasp the reaches of this book. I'm left flabbergasted at the shallow three star reviews that some have left behind. Certainly this book could use an index and maybe a `justify' alignment, but to say this book is not academic, when it is written by the professor of the Classics Department at Boston University is absurd. It's a sad day when someone's own ignorance is transposed onto another.

Careful reading and study shows this author knows well about that which he writes.

5 stars!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Primary Religious Experience 3 Aug. 2006
By Heir to the Leary Legacy: a - Published on
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This book helps educate those who invalidate religious experiences that are generated by sacred plants. Recent research from John Hopkins using psilocybin (psychoactive mushrooms) confirms that a religious experience from these "entheogens" (the god within) are every bit as mystical as those derived from other sources. This book traces what may very well be the longest running psychedelic ceremony The Eleusian Mysteries. This is must reading for any religious scholars who need to consider other modes of religious experience!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Reads Like a Mystery Novel 25 July 2010
By W. Drake Dorosh - Published on
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I found it propelling and entertaining. Join the search for who these ancients were and find the kykeon.
I used to think Greek mythology was just nonsense authored by ignorant primitives. With the missing key provided by Carl Ruck, mythology opens to new depth. The idea of mushrooms being central to ancient greek culture at first seemed a bit alien but I cracked open an introductory mycology text by C.J Alexopoulos and the first paragraph is about how Perseus founded Mycenae because of the mushrooms he found there. Mushrooms he drank the water from. Ruck has plenty of examples of mushrooms in central and important works of Greek art including the Alexander the Great's daughter's tomb (a mushroom).
Seems classical scholars don't like the idea that sex or hallucinogenic mushrooms need to be discussed to understand the ancient Greeks. To me the history and mythology is nonsense with out it.
This book is obviously ahead of it's time because it has been poorly received. In ten years this will be a classic and the critics will pretend they liked it from the beginning.
10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Where are the footnotes? 4 Jun. 2007
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A very intriging book, but, without footnotes, none of the ancient sources or modern references can be traced. Let's hope that a scholarly version of this book will be published someday.
10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Worlds worst writer 25 Jun. 2007
By Chris L. Poor - Published on
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THis book covers a valid and interesting topic. However, the author's writing is so muddled, it can be dificult to make any sense out of the book. Like many books of similar ilk (Graves and others) the author is pulling on many sources to try to prove a point about a mystery that was never revealed. I don't doubt that entheogens were used by the Greeks in their mysteries but this writer needs to organize the material in a way that helps the reader. This seems a mishmash of artcles with no connection.
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