Monday, September 26, 2011

Carl Ruck: Mushrooms, Myth & Mithras

mythandmithras From:
Podcast Episode #122 – DOWNLOAD MP3
Mushrooms, Myth & Mithras: The Drug Cult that Civilized Europe
Professor Carl A.P. Ruck interviewed by Jan Irvin

This episode is an interview with Prof. Carl Ruck, titled “Mushrooms, Myth and Mithras: The Drug Cult that Civilized Europe” and is being released on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. My interview with Carl was recorded on Sept. 22, 2011.

Today Carl Ruck is back for his 3rd interview with us to discuss his explosive new book, Mushrooms, Myth and Mithras, The Drug Cult that Civilized Europe.

Carl A.P. Ruck is Professor of Classics at Boston University, an authority on the ecstatic rituals of the god Dionysus. With the ethno-mycologist R. Gordon Wasson and Albert Hofmann, he identified the secret psychoactive ingredient in the visionary potion that was drunk by the initiates at the Eleusinian Mystery. In Persephone’s Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion, he proclaimed the centrality of psychoactive sacraments at the very beginnings of religion, employing the neologism “entheogen” to free the topic from the pejorative connotations for words like drug or hallucinogen.

Also included in this post is the video Heretical Visionary Sacraments Amongst the Ecclesiastical Elite" by Carl A. P. Ruck & Blaise Daniel Staples A talk presented to : The Italian Society for the Study of the States of Consciousness on August 30, 2003 at Perinaldo, Italy.


muzuzuzus said...

I have been re-reading Return of the Dark/Light Mother or New Age Armageddon, by Monica Sjoo at the bit where she shows how Mithraism cmorphed INTO the Catholic Church as was all about light VERUS dark, and was a favouritie of the military, like Christianity.
So the MORE interesting questions to explore for me are NOT that sacred mushrooms have been imbibed by Mithrists, and secret socieites, like Freemasony--even now, but WHY the taking of these substances that SHOULD--wehn understood in context--open eyes to our human communality with each other, animals, and Mother Earth have rather excacer bated divisive and violent mindsets. Another example is the Mayans who were very bloody, who also took magic mushrooms allegendly.
We DO know that patriarchal tribes who did also have psychedelic sacraments invaded more peaceful indigenous peoples who also did, so we NEED more to explore NOT to use psychedelics in the WRONG way rather than imagine JUST taking them is the answer!

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