s t A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near EastProfessor Allegro Univ of Manchester has hitherto been known for his several excellent books on the Dead Sea Scrolls In an unusual reversal, he has now produced a book that will make The Passover Plot seem the last refuge of theological ultra conservatism The thesis of the book is simple enough Jesus did not exist, the Gospels were are a hoax, Christianity is the atavistic vestige of an ancient fertility cult in which the object of worship was a peculiarly phallic mushroom, Amanita muscaria, capable of producing psychedelic reactions As farfetched as all this may seem, it cannot be denied that he has brought to this work the same care scholarly detachment that have characterized his earlier, conventional, works he has made not one concession to the sensational nature of his thesis The book is, in fact, a demanding one, which presupposes in the reader at least a working knowledge of the ancient Semitic tongues of the sciences considered auxiliary to biblical studies Only the most determined non professional iconoclast will be willing to wade through his unrelenting jargon None of which, of course, will affect the demand for what is probably to become a very controversial work Kirkus edited


10 thoughts on “The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross

  1. Whitney Whitney says:

    For such a dry book, this one really got my imagination going Allegro is the philologist who translated The Dead Sea Scrolls After initial acclaim, he was ostracized for carrying that work to its conclusion.He keeps the book very much on topic It would be extremely easy to find several rabbit holes to go down His only concern is the words He is not a psychedelic proponent like Terrance McKenna He is not a biblical scholar or a Christian He only wants to understand the oldest languages tha For such a dry book, this one really got my imagination going Allegro is the philologist who translated The Dead Sea Scrolls After initial acclaim, he was ostracized for carrying that work to its conclusion.He keeps the book very much on topic It would be extremely easy to find several rabbit holes to go down His only concern is the words He is not a psychedelic proponent like Terrance McKenna He is not a biblical scholar or a Christian He only wants to understand the oldest languages that we know about and they just happen to be used to write these religious and Greek myths.His work is very well researched Half of the book is bibliography That being said, the work is incomplete He lays some very solid groundwork for what could be an entire new field of study There are a lot of asterisks The sheer number of references and the obvious intentional obfuscation is compelling.Imagine people in 5314 AD trying to make sense of a 2014 text message that was intentionally obfuscated like one that might be used to arrange a drug deal If they are only armed with a Webster s dictionary, good luck to them.If you ever have a psychedelic experience and you are at all familiar with biblical myths, you get the vague feeling that this must be what they were talking about Allegro shows you with the language that it is exactly what they were talking about It makessense that our ancestors believed that having mushroom fueled orgies in the woods would transfer their powers of biological fertility to their crops than for them to have been scared of a bearded man in the sky It also shines light on to the potential reasons the first Christians were persecuted so by the Romans.I m glad I read it, but it drags a bit I found myself ready for it to be over towards the end It started to remind me of this


  2. Jasper Jasper says:

    Wow John Marco Allegro was the only non Catholic member to help translate The Dead Sea Scrolls, and when he found the Sumerian glyphs that represented mushrooms and peered deeper into the text, he underwent an existential reforming, radically changing and casting off his Protestant beliefs Yet as I read this amazing scholar s main work, I couldn t help but think that he was pressing his new found dogma too hard, and that it would fall upon deaf ears While the book has inspired many to look de Wow John Marco Allegro was the only non Catholic member to help translate The Dead Sea Scrolls, and when he found the Sumerian glyphs that represented mushrooms and peered deeper into the text, he underwent an existential reforming, radically changing and casting off his Protestant beliefs Yet as I read this amazing scholar s main work, I couldn t help but think that he was pressing his new found dogma too hard, and that it would fall upon deaf ears While the book has inspired many to look deeper into the amanita muscaria mushroom, I believe it is doubtful that any Christian deeply rooted in their beliefs could look at this book as anythingthan the ravings of a demon possessed mad man Were the stories in the old testament truly hidden messages to initiated shamans Allegro points out that early Priests did not want to give up the secret ingredients to their sacramental potions that could contact the spirit world, so they hid them in stories that the main public could appreciate while novice Priests could understand a deeper meaning To them who have ears, let them hear, spoke Christ As scrolls are eaten in a book of Eziekial, and a coin is found in the mouth of a fish, Allegro asserts that all these were obviously pointing to the Amanita Muscaria not to mention the mushroom shaped penis However, the book is a fascinating read to anyone who is open to new ideas, however absurd they may be It is important to remember that Allegro was the foremost Sumerian scholar and that he was able to see the scrolls first hand


  3. Peter Lockhart Peter Lockhart says:

    Heavy going and really this man is a scholar The fact is it ended his career because people prefer a simple lie to a complicated truth.I thought the book was astounding.


  4. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    When taking my first Hebrew Scriptures course, our professor, Grinnell College Chaplain Dennis Haas began a lecture with a display of this book, saying how he had been shocked by its thesis that the roots of Judaism and Christianity were in a psychedelic fertility cult John Allegro, its author, he noted, was a very well respected scholar, one of the first involved in the study of the Qumran scrolls That such an expert could make such claims was quite upsetting.Years later, having gotten two de When taking my first Hebrew Scriptures course, our professor, Grinnell College Chaplain Dennis Haas began a lecture with a display of this book, saying how he had been shocked by its thesis that the roots of Judaism and Christianity were in a psychedelic fertility cult John Allegro, its author, he noted, was a very well respected scholar, one of the first involved in the study of the Qumran scrolls That such an expert could make such claims was quite upsetting.Years later, having gotten two degrees in religion and having read some of Allegro s other work, I returned to this book, hoping that I now knew enough to evaluate it.I did not To critically appropriate Allegro s arguments one must be master of a whole host of ancient languages, beginning with Sumerian, the oldest written language known Although I d picked up some Greek, I d not even begun to study Hebrew, not to mention the other, older languages.What I could appreciate, however, was Allegro s defense of the notion that much of what appears to be obscure and outrageous ancient religious literature is, in fact, experientially based and relevant to the concerns of real life In other words, the use of psychotropic plants could certainly result in strong beliefs about other worlds or dimensions, even of other sentiences, and fertility is certainly of major concern to all agricultural communities.While this book will be beyond most readers as it was for me, most of Allegro s other works are quite accessible


  5. Deejay Nicke Deejay Nicke says:

    This book is not an easy read in any sense of the phrase, but it is a book that cannot be denied.Originally published in May of 1970, it was attacked and buried out of print for nearly 40 years It s author John M Allegro with Masters degrees in Ancient Languages, Hebrew, and Ancient Studies he was THE MAN asked to translate the Dead Sea Scrolls Yet this book ended his career.This book was the result of 15 years of research and study, and yet critics dismissed it without even justifyin This book is not an easy read in any sense of the phrase, but it is a book that cannot be denied.Originally published in May of 1970, it was attacked and buried out of print for nearly 40 years It s author John M Allegro with Masters degrees in Ancient Languages, Hebrew, and Ancient Studies he was THE MAN asked to translate the Dead Sea Scrolls Yet this book ended his career.This book was the result of 15 years of research and study, and yet critics dismissed it without even justifying their dismissal.No critic was as qualified as Allegro, so all they could say is I m not qualified to comment on the philology, but those who are disagree with Allegro In the end, you have to read this book for yourself and form your own opinion.If you take the time, it will blow your mind


  6. Trevor Luke Trevor Luke says:

    Astoundingly absurd The quest to find references to the amanita muscaria in Sumerian hidden in the Greek text of the New Testament must have originated in a little personal testing of the mushroom.


  7. Robin Boudreaux Robin Boudreaux says:

    One day people will look back on this book and realize that it was the beginning of the revelation of the true history of RELIGION and Christianity one day.


  8. Adam K Adam K says:

    In this book, the author goes back to the roots of civilization in Sumeria to trace the use of psychedelic mushrooms as tools for divine revelation, and breaks down the original language of the Bible to show, among other things, the story of Jesus to be a thinly veiled, word play filled chronicle of merits of the sacred mushroom.It deals heavily with ancient languages, religions, and drugs, so if you re interested in any combination of those things, I totally recommend this book Obviously, this In this book, the author goes back to the roots of civilization in Sumeria to trace the use of psychedelic mushrooms as tools for divine revelation, and breaks down the original language of the Bible to show, among other things, the story of Jesus to be a thinly veiled, word play filled chronicle of merits of the sacred mushroom.It deals heavily with ancient languages, religions, and drugs, so if you re interested in any combination of those things, I totally recommend this book Obviously, this book ruffled a lot of feathers when it arrived on the scene, so there s books written to debunk what s brought up, so there seems to be a whole lot to explore regarding this subject.Also, WHY THE FUCK ISN T THIS BOOK IN PRINT Do people ever bootleg books like they do records I could print a new edition of this book, market it to head shops, etc and make a fortune, cause I don t think many people, especially young folk interested in mind expanding substances, are aware of Allego s suggestions


  9. Mihnea Oarga Mihnea Oarga says:

    This book starts with a hefty dose of genitally themed etimology before going into cults and mushtooms.Is it interesting Yes.Do you learn multiple ways to say penis in various ancient languages Yes.But it also is hard to follow and needlessly long Skip about 100 pages after the first mention of celestial semen it ll make it a lot easier.


  10. Donna Donna says:

    I picked this up at a garage sale, TG I didn t pay very much for it I later found out that this book was the downfall of Allegro and ruined his professional reputation The man was a brilliant ancient linguist, but really went off the deep end with this one Many people believe he deliberately wrote this sensationalistic book to generate badly needed money I do know he was instrumental in bringing the errors or perhaps deceptions concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls interpretation to light, and f I picked this up at a garage sale, TG I didn t pay very much for it I later found out that this book was the downfall of Allegro and ruined his professional reputation The man was a brilliant ancient linguist, but really went off the deep end with this one Many people believe he deliberately wrote this sensationalistic book to generate badly needed money I do know he was instrumental in bringing the errors or perhaps deceptions concerning the Dead Sea Scrolls interpretation to light, and for that I am grateful to him But this book Perhaps he only wrote it after having partaken of the mushroom himself.See will give you leads to articles about what his colleagues thought of this book.Now let me be clear about one thing I am open to the concept of Summarian origins for many old testament stories But rather than deception, I think perhaps the old testament writers simply believed it was the universal truth felt no need to credit any foreign sources But veiled references to secret ceremonies with knowledge from having partaken in a hallucinogenic substance No