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Sacred Mushrooms of the Goddess

Secrets of Eleusis
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Ronin
 | 
June, 2006
ISBN:
9781579510305
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$20.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

"Only a new Eleusis could help mankind to survive the threatening catastrophe in Nature and human society and bring a new period of happiness." —Albert Hofmann, personal communication to Carl Ruck

In the ancient world, men and women joined cults known as Mysteries to unite with the deities of the otherworld and achieve eternal life. The most important of the Mysteries existed for two millennia at the
village of
Eleusis
. Its deities were Demeter and Persephone, interchangeable in their roles as mother and daughter, with Hecate, the post-menopausal crone, patroness of drugs and witchcraft, in the background. The initiations and other rituals of this goddess-based cult were a profound secret: divulging information was punishable by death. For centuries, scholars have probed the secrets of the Eleusinian Mysteries and kykeon, its sacramental Eucharist—a sacred drink containing psychoactive compounds—similar to those in LSD—derived from a mushroom parasite that grows on the ergot rye. Their discoveries have been buried in the arcane language of alchemy, the occult sciences, and secret societies. Here, in prose accessible to all readers, Carl Ruck, a professor of classics at
BostonUniversity and an authority on the ecstatic rituals of the god Dionysus, unravels the Mysteries, revealing the awesome powers of the goddesses, as well as the pagan underpinnings of Western culture.

Every religion—and indeed every civilization, flow like tidal waves from implosions that set them in motion. These implosions are Revelations… And that is precisely what entheogenic alternations of brain chemistry do—they let in the light of the Infinite, Perfect Reality. —Huston Smith, from the preface

Included is “Mixing the Kykeon Anew,” co-written with Peter Webster, plus chapters co-authored by R. Gordon Wasson and Albert Hofmann, as well as many fascinating illustrations and allusions from classical sources.

Publisher’s Description: 

People of the ancient world joined cults known as Mysteries to unite with the deities and achieve eternal life. The most important of the Mysteries existed for two millennia at the village of Eleusis. For "centuries," scholars have probed the Eleusinian Mysteries and their sacramental Eucharist - a drink containing psychoactive chemicals similar to LSD. Their discoveries have been buried in the language of alchemy and the occult. In prose accessible to "all," Ruck unravels these "Mysteries," revealing the pagan underpinnings of Western culture.

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