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The sacred mushroom and the cross : a study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East

Author: John Marco Allegro
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Gnostic Media Research & Pub., 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 40th anniversary edView all editions and formats
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Where did God come from? What do the bible stories really tell us? Who or what was Jesus Christ? This book challenges everything we think we know about the nature of religion -- The ancient fertility cult at the heart of Christianity -- The living power of cultic rites and symbols -- The sacred mushroom as the emblem and embodiment of divinity -- The secret meaning of biblical myths -- The language of religion that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Folklore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Marco Allegro
ISBN: 9780982556276 0982556276
OCLC Number: 499060898
Notes: "First published by ... Hodder and Stoughton, London, May 1970 ... Doubleday & Company, Garden City, NY, August 1970"--Title page verso.
Description: xxx, 381 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface / by Jan R. Irvin --
Foreword / by Judith Anne Brown --
In the beginning God created ... --
Sumer [sic] and the beginnings of history --
Names of the gods --
Plants and drugs --
Plant names and the mysteries of the fungus --
The key of the kingdom --
The man-child born of a virgin --
Woman's part in the creative process --
The sacred prostitute --
Religious lamentation --
The mushroom "egg" and birds of mythology --
The heavenly twins --
Star of the morning --
Colour and consistency --
Mushroom cosmography --
David, Egypt, and the census --
Death and resurrection --
The garden of Adonis, Eden and delight; zealots and Muslims --
The Bible as a book of morals --
Fungus redivivus / by Carl A.P. Ruck.
Responsibility: by John M. Allegro.

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Where did God come from? What do the bible stories really tell us? Who or what was Jesus Christ? This book challenges everything we think we know about the nature of religion -- The ancient fertility cult at the heart of Christianity -- The living power of cultic rites and symbols -- The sacred mushroom as the emblem and embodiment of divinity -- The secret meaning of biblical myths -- The language of religion that links us to our ancestors. The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross sets out John Allegro's quest through a family tree of languages to find the truth about where Christianity came from.

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