Allegro, John M.
The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross: A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity Within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East
London, England: London, UK: Hodder and Stoughton, 1970. 1st UK Edition, 2nd Printing
1970 0340128755 / 9780340128756
Later Printing of the first Edition
Very Good (see description)
No Jacket No Dustjacket
-----------hardcover, a solid Very Good copy, a bit of light rubbing and tip wear, a bit of fading to upper edge of text block, a small nick along the upper edge to about 16 pages, rear blank endpaper has been removed, no dustjacket, a nice clean copy, --- 349 pages, "A major breakthrough in our understanding of the origin & nature of the languages of the Bible has made possible the decipherment of the names of the Jewish God & the patriarchs, & now shows the religion of the Israelites & their inheritors, the Christians, to have been founded in a very ancient fertitlity cult centered on the worship of the sacred mushroom, the red topped Amanita Muscaria. After many years of studying the origins & roots of words common to the Sumerian & later Middle Eastern languages, John Allegro believes that many of the stories & characters, & much of the Old Testament must be examined afresh. Biblical stories, previously supposed at leat partly historical, now appear as mushroom myths, conforming to a pattern of such mythology throughout the Near East & classical writings. When, later, the mushroom cult became sophisticated into a mystery religion, involving drug taking & frenzied god possessed orgies with political overtones, it ran afoul of the authorities. To avoid persecution, its devotees transmitted their secret formulae in adaptations of the old mythologies, & it is to such cryptic devices we owe the Jesus stories of the New Testament. The Roman persecutors of the early Christians were probably not deceived by the tale of the crucifies Jewish rabbi, but the later church purged away disturbing reminders of its cultic origins in the cause of respectability, & thereafter preached an historical Jesus.", -----contents include: Introduction; In the Beginning God Created; Sumer and the Beginnings of History; the 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; Notes; Indices , any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo