The Sacred Mushroom And The Cross : True first Edition – John M Allegro

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Basic Synopsis : A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East
Reviews : 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 mid-20th 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.[1]
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. To others, it was merely an outlandish hoax. One described it as reading “like a Semitic philologist’s erotic nightmare”
In November 2009 The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross was reprinted in a 40th anniversary edition.
Biblio : John M Allegro is/was a lecturer in Old Testament and International Studies at the University of Manchester. He was appointed the first British representative on an international editing team “currently” preparing the Dead Sea Scroll for publication, and the Penguin edition of his book on the Dead Scrolls has sold over 250 000 copies and been translated into e ight languages. He is also the author of The Treasure of the Copper Scroll and The Dead Sea Scrolls..
“The work of Allegro also gained recognition and consideration by such late proponents of experiential psychedelia through pharmacological interaction as Terence McKenna, who cited Allegro’s claims of certain psychoactive fungi analogizing the Eucharist, spoken in a live lecture in the 1990s”.

Condition : This book is hardcover clean and fresh inside, pages close to mint. IS a true first edition 1970. Inscribed inside the cover previous owners name (neatly). The cover is black with gilt (gold) lettering on the spine. The Dust wrapper has shelf wear (fair wear and tear) but now preserved in a beautiful cellophane cover for extra protection and, is most pleasing on the eye. Tightly bound. a very good ++ condition overall. See OUR OWN photograph of the book for quality control

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SKU: 1162 Category: Title: The Sacred Mushroom And The Cross : True first Edition
Author: John M Allegro
Publisher: Hodder And Stoughton
Year: 1970
Condition: Very Good
Format: Hardcover
Inventory No: 1162

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Basic Synopsis : A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East
Reviews : 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 mid-20th 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.[1]
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. To others, it was merely an outlandish hoax. One described it as reading “like a Semitic philologist’s erotic nightmare”
In November 2009 The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross was reprinted in a 40th anniversary edition.
Biblio : John M Allegro is/was a lecturer in Old Testament and International Studies at the University of Manchester. He was appointed the first British representative on an international editing team “currently” preparing the Dead Sea Scroll for publication, and the Penguin edition of his book on the Dead Scrolls has sold over 250 000 copies and been translated into e ight languages. He is also the author of The Treasure of the Copper Scroll and The Dead Sea Scrolls..
“The work of Allegro also gained recognition and consideration by such late proponents of experiential psychedelia through pharmacological interaction as Terence McKenna, who cited Allegro’s claims of certain psychoactive fungi analogizing the Eucharist, spoken in a live lecture in the 1990s”.

Condition : This book is hardcover clean and fresh inside, pages close to mint. IS a true first edition 1970. Inscribed inside the cover previous owners name (neatly). The cover is black with gilt (gold) lettering on the spine. The Dust wrapper has shelf wear (fair wear and tear) but now preserved in a beautiful cellophane cover for extra protection and, is most pleasing on the eye. Tightly bound. a very good ++ condition overall. See OUR OWN photograph of the book for quality control

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Weight 0.97 kg
Dimensions 24 × 15.99 × 3.5 cm

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