Mushrooms, Myths and Mithras: The Drug Cult That Civilized Europe (Paperback)
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Short Description for Mushrooms, Myths and Mithras A fascinating tour of the mushroom-centered mystery religions which have profoundly influenced Western civilization.
- Published: 09 November 2011
- Format: Paperback 300 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780872864702 ISBN 10: 0872864707
- Sales rank: 593,235
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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.