The mushroom and the sacred cross
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The Sacred Mushroom & The Cross
The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross by John Allegro Part I
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Allegro hoped it would illuminate the origins of thought, language and religion. People should then be able to better understand where they came from, shed the trappings of religion, and take true responsibility for what they did to each other and their world. None of this got past the initial shock-waves. The mushroom cloud spread more derision than enlightenment. Underpinning The Sacred Mushroom is the idea that fertility was of fundamental importance to primitive religion, as it is to life.
Philology, sexology and mycology are brought together here to produce an amazing result. Three thousand words are investigated in a dozen ancient languages. Among them is veritable glossary of sex and drugs. Sexual symbols are discovered ev erywhere, especially in the her maphroditic form penis and vulva of the mushroom. The author is well known for his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls, in which he has also been criticized by other scholars for excessive use of imagination and conjecture. In the present book he supposes a universal fertility religion in the ancient Near East, which developed into the mystery religions and, among these, into Christianity. In these cryptic terms and many others the leaders of the mushroom cult are supposed to have hid their esoteric doctrines.