Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion

Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion

R. Gordon Wasson


This attention-grabbing publication discusses the function performed by means of psychoactive mushrooms within the non secular rituals of historical Greece, Eurasia, and Mesoamerica. R. Gordon Wasson, an across the world identified ethnomycologist who used to be one of many first to enquire how those mushrooms have been commemorated and hired by means of varied local peoples, right here joins with 3 different students to debate the facts for his discoveries approximately those fungi, which he has referred to as enthoegens, or "god generated within." within the e-book Wasson describes his quest for the soma plant, which led him to the center East and India, to shamanic rites of Siberia, Mesoamerica, and the United Statess, and to the folklore of Europeans, Bedouins, or even the Pennsylvania Dutch. Stella Dramrisch info rituals of the putka mushroom, a later alternative for soma. Jonathan Ott reviews at the "disembodied eyes" came upon on carvings in Mexico and on an historic ring from Crete, eyes that he argues are metaphors for the kingdom produced by way of ingestion of entheogenic mushrooms. ultimately, Carl A. P. Ruck relates various fungi to Greek delusion and formality, focusing particularly on ergot, a typical development on barley that he feels can have been imbibed on the Eleusinian Mysteries. "[This e-book] is the pious meditation of an encouraged devotee, a non secular ebook within the inner most experience, the credo of a passionate start up, certainly a convert.....A pleasant publication to read....[It] may well take its rightful position within the lengthy chain of innovative meditations at the magic plant of immortality." - Wendy Doniger, occasions Literary complement

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