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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 eucharistic ritual ingestion of Amanita muscaria. Allegro argued that Jesus never existed as a historical figure but was rather a mythological creation of early Christians under the influence of psychoactive mushroom extracts such as psilocybin.[1]


The book has been described as "notorious" and as "one of the strangest books ever published on the subject of religion and pharmacology".[4] There was a media frenzy when it was published in 1970. This caused the publisher to apologize for issuing it and forced Allegro's resignation from his university position.[1][5] Judith Anne Brown suggested that the book was "difficult to read and difficult to summarize, because he follows clues that criss-cross different cultures and lead into many-layered webs of association".[5] Mark Hall writes that Allegro suggested the scrolls all but proved that a historical Jesus never existed.[6][clarification needed] Philip Jenkins writes that Allegro was an eccentric scholar who relied on texts that did not exist in quite the form he was citing them, and calls the Sacred Mushroom and the Cross "possibly the single most ludicrous book on Jesus scholarship by a qualified academic".[7]

Through studying the origins of words common to Sumerian and subsequent Middle Eastern languages, John Allegro presents a theory about the ways in which the ideas carried in these words continued into the beliefs, myths and practices of later religions, including Judaism and Christianity. Allegro believes that the sacred mushroom (Amanita muscaria) was the source and centre of countless ancient myths and rituals, and his challenging argument asserts that its use remained central to biblical traditions for centuries.

Man can become and is at his core one with the Father, one with God. Jesus realised this within himself and so can we. Whether he used sacred mushrooms or saw it has his Eucharist is secondary and should not supplant the human beings divine potential but bring it out, help him make it manifest, not substitute his soul for a temporary state.

John Allegro wrote one of the most compelling books about psychedelic mushrooms ever published. The Sacred Mushroom And The Cross argues that Christianity is rooted in an ancient sex-and-mushroom cult and that Jesus was not a man but the psychedelic Amanita Muscaria mushroom.

Thanks very much for this. The shortest day is on the 21st of December. So eating drinking and magic mushrooms got northern people through the long cold dark winters of the past.On another note by family name is Effemey. I am originally from the New Forest, Hampshire UK. A cousin found out that the original name was Ivyemaye. My direct ancestor was Xian Ivyemaye who died in 1588 in Kingston Ringwood, New Forest. Ivy is a sacred plant of the ancient Druids, May is the month of rebirth. I am kind of proud of this, a link again with a pagan past.Merry Christmas.

In his books The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross and The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Christian Myth (1979), Allegro put forward the theory that stories of early Christianity originated in this Essene clandestine cult centred around the use of psychedelic mushrooms, and that the New Testament was the coded record of this shamanistic cult.

In the centuries just preceding the Spanish conquest of the Americas, the Catholic Church was busy stamping out witchcraft in the Old World. European "witches" also used psychoactive substances, like belladonna and henbane, to reach altered states, talk to spirits and heal diseases. Magic mushrooms may also have been an important part of Medieval healing practices and surprising enough, evidence of their importance has been found in Catholic works from before the witch-hunt craze. A fresco within the 13th-century Plaincourault Abbey in France depicts Adam and Eve on either side of a giant mushroom instead of a tree. The 12th-century illustrated book "The Eadwine Psalter" shows God creating a group of mushrooms that bear a striking resemblance to magic mushrooms: they are created first, before the plants, animals, and Adam and Eve.

In the mid-20th century, hundreds of years after the church successfully wiped out the use of psychoactive substances in Europe and drove the use of magic mushrooms far underground in Mexico, a startling discovery was made in the West Bank, in Palestine. A collection of documents, now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, was found and dated to the decades immediately surrounding the death of Jesus and the fall of the Jewish temple. One of the first scholars that worked on the translation of the scrolls, John Allegro, subsequently published a book called "The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross." In the book, Allegro argues that early Christianity, as well as Judaism, is based on hallucinogenic fertility rites involving magic mushrooms.

The church reacted to Allegro's book with condemnation so harsh that it ruined his scholarly career and he lost his university job. But the book sparked an interest in the subject that proved to be too interesting and relevant to simply die out. A 2006 study by John Hopkins University shows that giving magic mushrooms to spiritual people resulted in a "complete mystical experience" in most cases, with many participants reporting life changing benefits several months later. Even more recently, other studies have found magic mushrooms to help those dying of terminal illnesses, and several modern scholars have supported and advanced Allegro's historical theories - including a theory that biblical manna may in fact be magic mushrooms.

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.

British scholar who assisted in the deciphering of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and created a sensation with his book The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross (1970), which suggested that the New Testament was written in a secret code for the use of a sect built around the hallucinatory properties of a sacred mushroom drug. According to Allegro, Jesus never existed and the crucifixion story was a myth, symbolic of the ecstasy of a drug cult. 041b061a72


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