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

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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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Country
USA
Author
Carl Ruck
Binding
Paperback
EAN
9780872864702
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
0872864707
IsEligibleForTradeIn
1
Label
City Lights Publishers
Manufacturer
City Lights Publishers
MPN
Color and B&W illustrations throughout
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
300
PartNumber
Color and B&W illustrations throughout
PublicationDate
2011-07-26
Publisher
City Lights Publishers
SKU
9780872864702
Studio
City Lights Publishers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This isn't the easiest book to read in that the author spends an incredible amount of time describing various Mithra artifacts, paintings, reliefs, carvings, coin motifs and other surviving artifacts. The descriptions tend to be so plentiful and varried that at times it is hard to picture them seperate especially when 2 or 3 are talked about per page at times. There are photos and drawings for some of these to give the reader the idea as well as the cover has an excellent example. My problem was that I kept getting somewhat lost trying to picture what the author is describing in rapid fire succession. Granted the author does provide references to the artifacts he talks about but there are so many that keeping them straight as a reader is fairly difficult. The symbology of the artifacts is what this book is mainly about. The fact that there survives as many artifacts as there does is amazing given that the early Christians destroyed all they could get their filthy hands on. Seems they... Read more
First of all it's a great book and interesting read. It goes on to explain the beliefs of cult of Mithras which existed prior to Christianity. And explains how these beleifs were borrowed/stolen and integrated into the new religion. How the symbolism of Mithras represents not only the trinity but also the act of sacrifice when the mushroom is harvested. And how these symobologies and hidden meanings were integrated into the Christian beleif system, the Eucharist being symbolic of eating the divine flesh of god which is the sacrifice of the mushroom. It goes on further to explain that the Mithras ceremony equivalent to Christian/Catholic eucharist was done in an underground chamber called a Mithraeum. And how the initiate would partake of the sacrement and while in this holy state he would stay in the underground chamber and only rise out at the end when he was enlightened.

This is symbolic of how the fly agaric would rise from the darkness (the ground) and into the light... Read more
An interesting approach to the mysteries of Mithras. Since as with most of the authentic mysteries nobody is alive who could or would divulge the actual secrets this book is as good as it gets in theorizing what was really behind the Mithras cult from the outside evidence. Previously I had studied with David Ulansey at CIIS in San Francisco and his book, The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries: Cosmology and Salvation in the Ancient World which seemed controversial up to now since it concentrates on the cosmological and astronomical aspects of Mithrasism.

I had only considered this cult from an astronomical perspective but there was something missing in this approach.The authors here supply the missing links and make Ulansey's thesis more complete. The authors are more convincing that the... Read more
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