The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross: A Study of the Nature and by John Marco Allegro

By John Marco Allegro

The place did God come from? What do the bible tales particularly let us know? Who or what was once Jesus Christ? This publication demanding situations every thing we predict we all know concerning the nature of faith. ? The old fertility cult on the middle of Christianity ? The residing energy of cultic rites and emblems ? The sacred mushroom because the logo and embodiment of divinity ? The mystery which means of biblical myths ? The language of faith that hyperlinks us to our ancestors The Sacred Mushroom and the go units out John Allegro's quest via a genealogy of languages to discover the reality approximately the place Christianity got here from.

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The Gravettian culture, extending widely over South Russia and central Europe, and spreading to Italy, France, and Spain, abounds in THE SACRED MUSHROOM AND THE CROSS examples of the so-called “mother goddess” figurines. These clay models of women with pendulous breasts, huge buttocks, and distended beffies have obvious sexual and reproductive allusions, as do their male counterparts. 1 Doubtless all these had magical or religious purposes, but it is not until man has learnt the art of writing that he can communicate with a later age.

Then, it took a revolution in man’s appreciation of his development from lower forms of life and a clearer understanding of the age of this planet to force the theologian to abandon the historicity of Genesis. Now we face a new revolution in thought which must make us reconsider the validity of the New Testament story. The break-through here is not in the field of history but in philology. Our fresh doubts about the historicity of Jesus and his friends stem not from new discoveries about the land and people of Palestine of the first century, but INTRODUCTION about the nature and origin of the languages they spoke and the origins of their religious cults.

There were also discovered amongst the tablets word-lists in which Accadian words were set alongside equivalents in this strange tongue. Some scholars refused to believe it was a real language at all. They spoke of a “secret script” used by the priests to overawe the laity and preserve their rituals and incantations from the uninitiated. The name by which it was known in the texts, “the tongue of Sumer” was incomprehensible, and it was some years before the experts would take it seriously. However, when, later, monuments were discovered written only in this language and dating from a time before Semitic Accadian was being written in Mesopotamia, even the most skeptical had to admit that there must have existed in the area a pre—Semitic population from whom the Assyrians had borrowed the art of writing.

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