Religion and Psychoactive Sacraments:
An Entheogen Chrestomathy
Thomas B. Roberts, Ph.D. and Paula Jo Hruby, Ed.D.
Author Index | Title Index
The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross:
A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity
within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East.
Allegro, John M. (1970).
Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co.
Description: Second printing,
xxii + 349 pages.
Notes: "In a book
called The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, the Biblical
scholar John Allegro broadens these speculations even further
by the use of etymological arguments to propose that Christianity
originated as a hoax in which the rabbi Jesus was invested with
the powers and names of the fly agaric, the true body of Christ.
In effect, according the Allegro, Christianity was the exoteric
disguise of a secret mushroom cult whose original content was
eventually forgotten. His arguments are not considered plausible
by either religious or secular Biblical scholars, but we mention
them here for their interest and boldness." (Grinspoon &
Bakalar, Psychedelic Drugs
Reconsidered, pages 40-41)
See John Jacques' entry for a critique of Allegro's
Contents: Author's note,
acknowledgements, introduction, 29 chapters, general index, Biblical
index, word index-Sumarian, Accadian, Ugaritic, Semitic, Sanskrit,
Hebrew/Aramaic, Syriac, Arabic/Persian, Greek, Latin.
Excerpt(s): Our present
concern is to show that Judaism and Christianity are such cultic
expressions of this endless pursuit by man to discover instant
power and knowledge. ...
For the way to God and the fleeting view of heaven
was through plants more plentifully endued with the sperm of God
than any other. These were the drug-herbs, the science of whose
cultivation and use had been accumulated over centuries of observation
and dangerous experiment. ...
Vary rarely, and then only for urgent practical
purposes, were those secrets ever committed to writing. Normally
they would be passed from the priest to the initiate by word of
mouth ... But if, for some drastic reason like the disruption
of their cultic centres by war or persecution, it became necessary
to write down the precious names of the herbs and the manner of
their use and accompanying incantations, it would be in some esoteric
form comprehensible to those within their dispersed comm unities.
Such an occasion, we believe, was the Jewish Revolt
of AD 66. ... Judaism was disrupted ... The secrets, if they were
not to be lost forever, had to be committed to writing ...
The means of conveying the information were at hand,
and had been for thousands of years. The folk-tales of the ancients
had from the earliest times contained myths based upon the personification
of plants and trees. They were invested with human faculties and
qualities and their names and physical characteristics were applied
to the heros and heroines of the stories. ... Here, then was the
literary device to spread occult knowledge to the faithful. To
tell the story of a rabbi called Jesus, and invest him with the
power and names of the magic drug. To have him live before the
terrible events that had disrupted their lives, to preach a love
between men, extending even to the hated Romans. Thus, reading
such a tale, should it fall into Roman hands, even their mortal
enemies might be deceived and not probe further into the activities
of the cells of the mystery cults with their territories.
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