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Mushrooms, Myths and Mithras


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Print: Parabola, Shambhala Sun, Entheos: Journal of Psychedelic Spirituality, Tricycle, Yes!, Utne Reader, Shaman's Drum, The Sun Radio: Pursue Pacifica and NPR/Community radio station programs that focus on religion and spirituality i.e New Dimensions Web: Pursue web sites that focus on the history of religion, spirituality, psychedelics, drug culture:, Promotion on Daniel Pinchbeck's web site TV: History Channel, Discovery Channel, Nova, Bill Moyers - pursue appropriate shows and producers. Academic: Religious studies, Roman Religions, Sociology, Pop Culture, Classical Studies. Carl Ruck teaches at Boston University in the Classical Studies department. Academic Journals.

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Carl Ruck is best known for his work in mythology and religion on the sacred role of entheogens as used in religious or shamanistic rituals. His focus has been on the use of entheogens in classical western culture, as well as their historical influence on modern western religions. He currently teaches at Boston University. Mark Alwin Hoffman, with degrees in Religious Studies and Philosophy from San Diego State University and based in Taos, New Mexico, is editor of Entheos: The Journal of Psychedelic Spirituality. He has written on shamanism, ancient religions, early Christianity, and the role of visionary sacraments in western mystery tradition. Jose Alfredo Gonzalez Celdran is a professor of ancient Greek based in Murcia, Spain, and is the author of Las Puertas de Moeris, an historical novel, and Homres, Dioses, y Hongos (Men, Gods, and Mushrooms) on the role of psychoactive mushrooms in myth and religion, as well as essays in collaboration with an archaeologist on entheogens.


Praise for Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion by Carl Ruck et al "[This book] is the pious meditation of an inspired devotee, a religious book in the deepest sense, the credo of a passionate initiate. A delightful book to read." -- Wendy Doniger, Times Literary Supplement "Mushrooms, Myth & Mithras is an extremely well-constructed academic argument proving that it is impossible to deny the connection between the use of entheogenic substances and religious practice for generations across countries and cultures. The evidence is extremely well documented in art, literature (myths and oral storytelling), and architecture. Over time, all these forms of evidence become blended into cross-cultural metaphors and ideas that show the same information coming from multiple cultures." -- Ian Jones, Verbicide "This book is all about the evolution of European culture, from ancient times right up through the advent and dominance of Christianity----and how it all started with and depended on shrooms... I feel like I took a class on the subject." -- Rio Connelly, Slug Magazine

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