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Old 06-11-2016, 06:11 PM   #33
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Arrow I'm the Space Invader

Cover of the first edition..

Psilocybe semilanceata..
The book relates the development of language to the development of myths, religions, and cultic practices in world cultures.. Allegro believed he could prove, through etymology, that the roots of Christianity, and many other religions, lay in fertility cults, and that cult practices, such as ingesting visionary plants to perceive the mind of God, persisted into the early Christian era, and to some unspecified extent into the 13th century with reoccurrences in the 18th century and mid-20th century, as he interprets the fresco of the Plaincourault Chapel to be an accurate depiction of the ritual ingestion of Amanita muscaria as the Eucharist..The mind-altering effects of psilocybin-containing mushrooms typically last from three to 8 hours depending on dosage, preparation method, and personal metabolism..Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, Is a mushroom and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita..

The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross..

The mushroom gets its common name from its resemblance to the Phrygian cap..Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms, collectively known as psilocybin mushrooms.. They are possibly depicted in Stone Age rock art in Europe and Africa, and have a history of use in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.. Many cultures have used these mushrooms in their religious rites and ceremonies..The Spanish believed the mushroom allowed the Aztecs and others to communicate with devils..Psilocybin is present in varying concentrations in about 200 species of Basidiomycota mushrooms..As with other psychedelics such as LSD, the experience, or "trip", is strongly dependent upon set and setting..

Vikings: Athelstan Gets High ..

Central to fertility rites in classical Greece was 'Demeter, goddess of fertility...Her rites celebrated the procession of the seasons, the mystery of the plants and the fruits in their annual cycle of coming to be and passing away'..But most 'women's festivals related in some way to woman's proper function as a fertile being (which allowed her to promote the fertility of crops too, by sympathy)'..Because of his link to the grape harvest, however, 'it is not surprising to see Dionysus associated with Demeter and Kore in the Eleusinian Mysteries.. For he, too, represented one of the great life-bringing forces of the world'..Ancient Phoenicia saw 'a special sacrifice at the season of the harvest, to reawaken the spirit of the vine'; while the winter fertility rite to restore 'the spirit of the withering vine'included as sacrifice 'cooking a kid in the milk of its mother, a Canaanite custom which Mosaic law condemned and formally forbade'..According to Ibn Ishaq, an early biographer of Muhammad, the Kaaba was itself previously addressed as a female deity..Circumambulation was often performed naked by male and sometimes female pilgrims, and worship associated with fertility goddesses..Edward Lane describes a curious interblending of worship directed to the Kaaba and the marriage rites in the Egypt..

According to the Athenian rhetorician Isocrates, Demeter's greatest gifts to humankind were agriculture, particularly of cereals, and the Mysteries which give the initiate higher hopes in this life and the afterlife..These 2 gifts were intimately connected in Demeter's myths and mystery cults.. In Homer's Odyssey she is the blond-haired goddess who separates the chaff from the grain.. In Hesiod, prayers to Zeus-Chthonios (chthonic Zeus) and Demeter help the crops grow full and strong..Demeter's emblem is the poppy, a bright red flower that grows among the barley..Demeter's two major festivals were sacred mysteries.. Her Thesmophoria festival (11–13 October) was women-only..In Arcadia, Demeter's mare-form was worshiped into historical times..Demeter's epithets show her many religious functions.. She was the "Corn-Mother" who blesses the harvesters.. Some cults interpreted her as "Mother-Earth"..Aganippe ("the Mare who destroys mercifully", "Knight-Mare")..Erinys ("implacable"), with a function similar with the function of the avenging Dike (Justice) - Chloe ("the green shoot"), that invokes her powers of ever-returning fertility, as does Chthonia ("in the ground"), chthonic Demeter in Sparta.."It seems probable that the Great Mother Goddess, who bore the names Rhea and Demeter, brought the poppy with her from her Cretan cult to Eleusis, and it is certain that in the Cretan cult sphere, opium was prepared from Poppies... the cult prostitute was herself present this was probably achieved directly, involving exposing her genitals to that part of the ground where the mushroom was thought to lie dormant.. Self-exposure of a menstruating woman for vegetative purposes is elsewhere recorded..Women, then, had an important part to play in the mushroom cult.. It made them at once respected and feared..This sympathetic identification of the worshipper with a suffering god seems to be a necessary part of most religions, particularly those in which women play an active role. To see Catholic women, particularly in the Mediterranean countries, wracked with real grief at Eastertide as they contemplate the Crucifix and the wounds of their Lord, can leave little doubt that they are suffering real mental anguish...

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