Friday, October 21, 2011

MUSHROOMS, MYTH & MITHRAS: The Drug Cult That Civilized Europe

MUSHROOMS, MYTH & MITHRAS: The Drug Cult That Civilized Europe -- By Carl Ruck, Mark Hoffman and Jose Celdran

Anthropological evidence has long suggested that psychedelic plants had played important roles in indigenous communities for thousands of years, but most scholarship does not address their formative impact on western culture.

Through careful studies of art and archeology, Mushrooms, Myth & Mithras reveals compelling evidence that ritual use of psychoactive mushrooms was a powerful and closely guarded inspirational force in the development of early European culture.

We discover that Nero was the first in a long line of Roman emperors to be initiated by secret "magical dinners" in which mind-altering mushrooms were used as a source of spiritual awakening. Although this sect was officially banned after Roman conversion to Christianity, aspects of its practices and teachings went on to influence many secret societies, including the Freemasons. It is said that the 'Cult of the Mithras' still exists today in various forms.

Mushrooms, Myth & Mithras is a fascinating historical exploration of a powerful force kept hidden for thousands of years.

City Lights Books Publication - 2011 Edition - 290 Page Paperback - Many B&W and Color Illustrations - Mystery/ Drugs/ Mushrooms/ Psychoactive/ Anthropology/ Mycology/ History - PRICE: $20.00

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