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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; 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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We know that areas of brain function are still to be researched. Some are normaly inaccessible except under drug induced or naturally occurring psychotic states etc.
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.
Rosie Harper.
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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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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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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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Love the book
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Very pleased with book and delivery time
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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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One of the most important books I have ever read on ancient history, religion and psychedelics. However it is hard going. The authors style is very dry and the constant use of historical and difficult to pronounce names (well for me anyway) means your brain gets drawn away from the narrative and caught up re-reading sentences to pick up on unnecessary things. Having read graham hancocks epic 'supernatural' and the amazing 'food of the gods' by Terence McKenna which touch on similar subject matter I was really looking forward to this but struggled because the writing style is so tough. I can't help but feel this is a shame for this book because I think John allegro has discovered something really fundamental and game changing for understanding the origins and development of early religions but because it's such a difficult read it won't get the attention it deserves.
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