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Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy

Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
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The Hiram Key: Pharaohs, Freemasons and the Discovery of the Secret Scrolls of Jesus.

Knight, Christopher, and Lomas, Robert. (1997).
Rockport, MA: Element Books.

ISBN: 1-86204-004-4

Description: Hardcover, ivx + 384 pages.

Contents: Introduction, 15 chapters, postscript, Appendix 1: The Development of Modern Freemasonry and its Impact on the World, Appendix 2: Pre-1710 Masonic Lodges in Scotland with Date of the First Recorded Mention, Appendix 3: Early Grand Masters of English Freemasonry, Appendix 4: Early Grand Masters of Scottish Freemasonry, Appendix 5: Chronology, Appendix 6: Maps, index.

Note: First published by Century in 1996. "Dedicated to the memory of John Marco Allegro a man 20 years ahead of his time." (page ii)

Excerpt(s): The new king would have undergone 'death' by means of a potion administered to him by the high priest in the gathering of the inner group of the holders of the royal secrets. This drug would have been a hallucinogenic that slowly induced a catatonic state, leaving the new king as inert as any corpse. As the hours of the night passed the potion would have worn off and the newly made Horus would have returned from his sojourn with the gods and past kings of Egypt. The return would have been carefully calculated so that the new king returned to consciousness precisely as the morning star rose above the horizon. From that moment on no mortal would ever think about usurping his power, divinely given in a council of the gods in the heavens above. Once the members of the king's elite, the 'holders of secrets', had decided whom to raise to the sublime and unique degree of Horus, the time for any possible competition had passed. (page 110)

What then of the suggestion that a narcotic drug was employed to 'transport' the new king to the stars and back again? As we have already stated, there would be no record of this potion as there is no real record of the coronation ritual at all. It seems reasonable that there is no record of the massively important moment of king-making because no one knew what it was; the candidate took the potion, travelled to the stars and returned the king and Horus. All his earthly team had to do was present him with the trappings of office and ask no questions about the business of the gods, of which the king was now one. The king himself would no doubt have had strange dreams under the influence of the drug but was not, of course, going to reveal anything. By this process the king-making ceremony put the new Horus beyond all dispute as the divine choice of the gods as ruler of the Two Lands.

Narcotic drugs have been used in religious ceremonies in almost every ancient human culture and it would be surprising if such an advanced culture as that of the early Egyptians did not possess very sophisticated knowledge concerning their use. The question is not, could they have used such drugs? It is, why do we think that they would not have used them? The expected method for a man to reach the heavens in death was to traverse the bridge in life, usually with the aid of narcotics. ...

We believe that the Egyptians adopted much of their theology and technology from the secrets of the city builders of Sumer and that the Sumerians were extremely well versed in the use of drugs for religious purposes. (pages 114-115)

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