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

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

  • Publish Date: 2011-07-26
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Carl Ruck
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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 groups 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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