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The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross: A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East Paperback – 12 Nov 2009

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Gnostic Media Research & Publishing; 40 Anv edition (12 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982556276
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982556276
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. G. Raggett on 15 Jun. 2014
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John Allegro was a heretic or defector from the clique who processed or delayed the processing of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Allegro's book can be seen as a welcome relieve from the insistence of both academic and popular writers that religion in the ancient world was an inevitable progression towards the modern religious orthodoxies with divergent heresies and cults relegated to the footnotes.

That said there is much to question in Allegro's book. It is one thing to suggest that religion, as it emerged at the start of settled agricultural life in Mesopotamia, was a fertility cult, but quite another to say that this was still the case in other parts of the Fertile Crescent thousands of years later. There is also no recognition of the fact that there was more than one type of psychoactive plant or plant parasite in the area, or other ways of acheiving altered states. In general, the book may be thought to depend too much on linguistic material, unqualified by reference to other historical evidence.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jiimy j on 23 Nov. 2012
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Excellent. Shame on the people who decided the author was a "bad" person. For all enquiring minds, read this book it may open a door for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on 3 Jun. 2015
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Love the book
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Broken iPod owner on 20 Oct. 2014
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Got this book after it was constantly alluded to on a podcast I heard, with great promise

actually, it didn't live up to the promise, as much as it has in it. I think the basic idea that spiritual revelations are linked to hallucinations following people eating common foodstuffs is absolutely compelling, but the disappointment came when the author tries to cram a huge number of words and expressions from all over history and religion into etymology/innuendo that suggests everything is mushrooms. There's a lot of diligent comparison of ancient languages to show how a lot of things may have meant mushroom/been slang for mushrooms/be a secret allegory for a mushroom - but it gets a bit thin, and so think that a lot of people will find themselves arguing against the aspertions made

I think it is all done sincerely, and there's some interesting stuff in here, but a modern edited version would be much better. This is like a first draft without awareness of the reader
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dan D on 21 Aug. 2014
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Interesting concept, but this book left me feeling flaccid with all of Carl P Ruck's phallic related, open-ended theories that seem as disconnected as a botched circumcision.
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By Rey Bowen on 10 Oct. 2014
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Good read
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