Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, 1970
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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.
John Marco Allegro died suddenly of an aortic aneurysm on his 65th birthday, February 17, at before The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross went to print .
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It was written by John Marco Allegro — The book relates the development of language to the development of myths, religions, and cultic practices in world cultures. Allegro argues, through etymology, that the roots of Christianity , and many other religions, lay in fertility cults , and that cult practices, such as ingesting visionary plants to perceive the mind of God, persisted into the early Christian era , and to some unspecified extent into the 13th century with reoccurrences in the 18th century and midth century, as he interprets the fresco of the Plaincourault Chapel to be an accurate depiction of the ritual ingestion of Amanita muscaria as the Eucharist. Allegro argued that Jesus never existed as a historical figure and was a mythological creation of early Christians under the influence of psychoactive mushroom extracts such as psilocybin. His claims have often been subject to ridicule and scorn due to Allegro's unconventional theory. As Time magazine put it in an article headed "Jesus as mushroom", . To some biblical scholars in Britain, the new book looked like the psychedelic ravings of a hippie cultist.
Mirror Link. Sprache: Deutsche , English Preis: Please allow notifications to be able to download files. Block Allow. John Marco Allegro was a British archaeologist and Dead Sea Scrolls scholar; his relatively swift publication The Treasure of the Copper Scroll] of the Scrolls material he was assigned was in marked contrast to the delays and stalling of publication of much of the other Scrolls material.