Mushrooms, Myth and Mithras: The Drug Cult that Civilized Europe

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City Lights Publishers, Jul 26, 2011 - Religion - 300 pages
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This illustrated book traces the history of an unlikely force in the shaping of Western civilization: the use of psychedelic mushrooms, namely by a secret society called the cult of Mithras. Nero was the first emperor to be initiated by the group’s “magical dinners,” and most of his successors embraced the ritual as a source of spiritual transcendence. The cult was officially banned after the Conversion, but aspects of their rituals were assimilated or co-opted by Christianity, and the brotherhoods persist today as secret societies such as the Freemasons. This is a fascinating exploration of a powerful force kept behind the scenes for thousands of years.

 

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Contents

Entheogens and
9
Preface Also Sprach Zarathustra
21
one The Entheogenic Eucharist
27
two Becoming One with God
41
three The Water Miracle
67
four Death by Bulls Blood
77
ofPerseus
87
six Attis under the Same Cap
101
eight A God for the End ofTime
135
nine The Bread ofHeaven
151
eleven Freemasonry and the Survival
197
Envoi
227
Appendix The Mirgia Mushroom Among
235
Bibliography
283
About the Authors
292
Copyright

seven Pater Magister Sacrorum
119

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About the author (2011)

Carl Ruck is best known for his work in mythology and religion on the sacred role of entheogens as used in religious or shamanistic rituals. His focus has been on the use of entheogens in classical western culture, as well as their historical influence on modern western religions. He currently teaches at Boston University. Mark Alwin Hoffman, with degrees in Religious Studies and Philosophy from San Diego State University and based in Taos, New Mexico, is editor of Entheos: The Journal of Psychedelic Spirituality. He has written on shamanism, ancient religions, early Christianity, and the role of visionary sacraments in western mystery tradition. Jose Alfredo Gonz‡lez Celdr‡n is a professor of ancient Greek based in Murcia, Spain, and is the author of Las Puertas de Moeris, an historical novel, and Homres, Dioses, y Hongos (Men, Gods, and Mushrooms) on the role of psychoactive mushrooms in myth and religion, as well as essays in collaboration with an archaeologist on entheogens.

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