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The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross
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Read: 2017-04-07
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Five Sentence Abstract:

The ancient peoples of the modern Middle East had worshipped a fertility god that Allegro posits was based on the rain being seen as the sperm of god, giving life to the desert each spring. The mushroom, as Allegro sees it, was a microcosm of the universe in that it would grow quickly after a rain, it had some resemblance to a womb and of course a penis, and it imparted those who ingest it with a kind of communion with god. Allegro gives as evidence the evolution of the written Sumerian language cuneiform into Aramaic, Hebrew, and Indo-European languages such as Greek. The language used in the bible may have been to hide the true purpose, passing down knowledge of the mushroom, of this fertility cult. While it would be impossible for any lay person to make heads or tails of the "translations" within, this book provides a unique perspective on the roots of modern religions.

Thoughts:

An interesting book, but I don't think it can be fully understood by someone not familiar with the languages discussed. It seems to have been cited by Terrance McKenna, which gives me pause. If you assume McKenna is a disinformation agent, he is either building on disinformation or trying to muddy the waters of relevant information.

The book does, however indirectly, attack the idea that many of the religious figures of the past were simply literary tools to convey a particular message. Seeing the current level of debasement western civilization has fallen to with the rejection of religion it would not surprise me to find out that this is another rung on the ladder toward the narcissistic, dare I say Luciferian, world we have constructed.

It can also be seen as an early attempt to uncover (or promote) the use of the mushroom as a social control mechanism inside the mystery schools. This line of thinking can take you to the current day with psychedelics being more and more accepted as a treatment to mental illness (e.g. micro-dosing).

Again, if nothing else this is a wonderful book that is a feast for thought.

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Chapter 0: INTRODUCTION

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Chapter 1: IN THE BEGINNING GOD CREATED...

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Chapter 2: SUMER AND THE BEGINNINGS OF HISTORY

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Chapter 3: THE NAMES OF THE GODS

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Chapter 4: PLANTS AND DRUGS

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Chapter 5: Plant Names and the Mysteries of the Fungus

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Chapter 6: THE KEY OF THE KINGDOM

Chapter 7: THE MAN-CHILD BORN OF A VIRGIN

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Chapter 8: WOMAN’S PART IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS

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Chapter 9: THE SACRED PROSTITUTE

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Chapter 10: RELIGIOUS LAMENTATION

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Chapter 11: THE MUSHROOM “EGG” AND BIRDS OF MYTHOLOGY

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Chapter 12: THE HEAVENLY TWINS

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Chapter 13: STAR OF THE MORNING

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Chapter 14: COLOUR AND CONSISTENCY

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Chapter 15: MUSHROOM COSMOGRAPHY

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Chapter 16: DAVID, EGYPT, AND THE CENSUS

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Chapter 17: DEATH AND RESURRECTION

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Chapter 18: THE GARDEN OF ADONIS, EDEN AND DELIGHT; ZEALOTS AND MUSLIMS

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Chapter 19: THE BIBLE AS A BOOK OF MORALS

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