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Mushrooms, Myth and Mithras: The Drug Cult that Civilized Europe

ISBN-10: 
0872864707

This illustrated book traces the history of an unlikely force in the shaping of Western civilization: the use of psychedelic mushrooms, namely by a secret society called the cult of Mithras. Nero was the first emperor to be initiated by the group’s “magical dinners,” and most of his successors embraced the ritual as a source of spiritual transcendence. The cult was officially banned after the Conversion, but aspects of their rituals were assimilated or co-opted by Christianity, and the brotherhoods persist today as secret societies such as the Freemasons. This is a fascinating exploration of a powerful force kept behind the scenes for thousands of years.

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As of a few days ago I have been a Freemason for 64 years. Your linking Freemasons to psychedelic mushrooms is completely false and thus your line of reasoning and aspersions against the Masons renders your opinion less than reliable on ancient matters. The followers of Mithras were somewhat stargazers in their time similar to the wise men who journeyed to Bethlehem. Whether they were seeking Illumination or just to be cleansed by the blood of the sacred bull that Mithras slayed is contained in ancient texts.

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