Magic Mushrooms in Religion and Alchemy
25cm x 20cm. ix, 221 pages, colour photographs. Pictorial wrappers.
“An illustrated foray into the hidden truth about the use of psychoactive mushrooms to connect with the divine. Draws parallels between Vedic beliefs and Judeo-Christian sects, showing the existence of a mushroom cult that crossed cultural boundaries. Contends that the famed philosophers’ stone of the alchemist was a metaphor for the mushroom. Confirms and extends Robert Gordon Wasson’s hypothesis of the role of the fly agaric mushroom in generating religious visions. Rejecting arguments that the elusive philosophers’ stone of alchemy and the Hindu elixir of life were mere legend, Clark Heinrich provides a strong case that Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric mushroom, played this role in world religious history.” (publisher’s blurb)
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