- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Gnostic Media Research & Publishing; 40th Anniversary ed. 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: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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.
This area has been often and vividly activated under such conditions.
Surely therefore this book must be a tool to assist current research that will help us make the connection. Are we wired for god....was Jesus a mushroom.....
This book is therefore a "must" to help discover why we have been given this "inaccessible" area of the brain.
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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