Mushrooms, Myth & Mithras: The Drug Cult That Civilized Europe (Paperback)

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By Carl Ruck, Mark Alwin Hoffman (Contribution by), Jose Alfredo González Celdrán (Contribution by)
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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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Praise for Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion by Carl Ruck et al "[This book] is the pious meditation of an inspired devotee, a religious book in the deepest sense, the credo of a passionate initiate. A delightful book to read." -- Wendy Doniger, Times Literary Supplement

"Mushrooms, Myth & Mithras is an extremely well-constructed academic argument proving that it is impossible to deny the connection between the use of entheogenic substances and religious practice for generations across countries and cultures. The evidence is extremely well documented in art, literature (myths and oral storytelling), and architecture. Over time, all these forms of evidence become blended into cross-cultural metaphors and ideas that show the same information coming from multiple cultures."" -- Ian Jones, Verbicide

"This book is all about the evolution of European culture, from ancient times right up through the advent and dominance of Christianityand how it all started with and depended on shrooms. . . . I feel like I took a class on the subject." -- Rio Connelly, Slug Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9780872864702
ISBN-10: 0872864707
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication Date: July 26th, 2011
Pages: 290
Language: English