John Marco Allegro's book, The Sacred Mushroom And The Cross, was about as controversial as a book can get. Allegro was one of the foremost experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls and tied Jesus to the Essense's and to the Amanita Muscaria mushroom. l cannot accept this book as fact.. but.. you surely don't have to believe in something to find it interesting....and that's why l'm sharing. This isn't a "hey man, do drugs" video....it just explores the reported expansion of consciousness in our long ago past and the religious artwork that seems to depict the sacred mushroom. Images are for educational purposes only. Music- Lurking by Silent Partner Sign in to see your friends' reviews: Join Goodreads Soma: divine mushroom of immortality www.goodreads.com/book/show/527630.Soma The Mushroom in Christian Art: The Identity of Jesus in the Development of Christianity www.amazon.com/The-Mushroom-Christian-Art-Christianity/dp/1556439601 www.amazon.com/The-Sacred-Mushroom-Cross-Christianity/dp/0982556276 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. www.samwoolfe.com/2013/04/the-sacred-mushroom-and-cross-by-john.html The Psychedelic Origin of Christianity The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross (1970) is a book by the British archaeologist John Marco Allegro. His early career focused on studying the earliest manuscripts of the Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls. With this book, however, many say that it ruined his career, although others say it gave him the fame that he deserved. The basic idea behind the book is that primitive religions were based on fertility rites (rituals that recreate the reproductive processes of nature either symbolically or through sex). Allegro believed that fertility cults like this used the hallucinogenic mushroom, Amanita muscaria (red mushroom with white spots). He also said that these mushrooms are at the root of many religions, including early Christianity. Christianity was essentially the product of a sex-and-mushroom cult, and the mushroom was seen as the gateway to understanding God. Through this understanding it was believed that fertility would also be promoted. Allegro argued that the mushroom and its powers were a secret, so they had to be written down in the form of codes hidden in mythical stories. In his own words: “This is the basic origin of the stories of the New Testament. They were a literary device to spread the rites of mushroom worship to the faithful.” Jesus in the Gospels was code for the Amanita mushroom according to Allegro. All major scholars rejected Allegro's ideas, including his academic mentor. Even his publisher regretted publishing the book. www.essenespirit.com/who.html The Essenes considered themselves to be a separate people--not because of external signs like skin color, hair color, etc., but because of the illumination of their inner life and their knowledge of the hidden mysteries of nature unknown to other men. They considered themselves to be also a group of people at the center of all peoples--because everyone could become part of it, as soon as they had successfully passed the selective tests. They thought, and rightly so, that they were the heirs of God's sons and daughters of old, the heirs to their great ancient civilization. They possessed their advanced knowledge and worked assiduously in secret for the triumph of the light over the darkness of the human mind. They felt that they had been entrusted with a mission, which would turn out to be the founding of Christianity and of western civilization. They were supported in this effort by highly evolved beings who directed the brotherhood. They were true saints, Masters of wisdom, hierophants of the ancient arts of mastery. They were not limited to a single religion, but studied all of them in order to extract the great scientific principles. They considered each religion to be a different stage of a single revelation. They accorded great importance to the teachings of the ancient Chaldeans, of Zoroaster, of Hermes Trismegiste.