Were Early Christians Tripping on Mushrooms?




PODCAST SUMMARY


Jerry Brown, PhD, author of Psychedelic Gospels, joins us to talk about psychedelic mushrooms in early Christian society. We hear about the evidence for psychedelic use that exists in Christian art, and how the Inquisition could have resulted in the destruction of these psychedelic traditions. Jerry also shares his vision of a future with freedom to practice psychedelic use as part of our basic religious rights.



PODCAST HIGHLIGHTS


  • The Amanita muscaria mushroom was used by Siberian nomads and its use spread to early Christianity
  • Use of psychedelic mushrooms was probably targeted by the Inquisition
  • Amanita muscaria is the most likely identity of the ‘soma’ mentioned in many ancient texts.


Jerry was professor of anthropology at Florida International University for the past 39 years, and ran a course entitled “Hallucinogens and Culture.” Unsurprisingly, his classes were always popular.


Jerry’s course covered the indigenous use of psychedelic plants, including Amanita muscaria; the famous fly agaric mushroom. This red and white-spotted mushroom was used mostly by Siberian nomads, who noticed their reindeer acting strangely after eating the mushrooms.


It was on a visit to Scotland that Jerry and his wife Julie became interested in how psychedelic mushrooms might have been used in Christian tradition. Upon seeing the famous Amanita muscaria mushroom engraved upon fertility symbols in Rosslyn Chapel, Jerry and Julie set out across the world to discover how deeply psychedelic mushrooms were set in Christian art.


They found symbols of psychedelic mushrooms spread throughout Europe and India, as far back as 300AD and throughout the Middle Ages. There’s evidence to suggest that both Amanita muscaria and Psilocybin mushrooms were used in secret rituals throughout Christianity.


During the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, herbal medicines and midwifery were clamped down on, and treated as witchcraft. It’s believed that the Inquisition was a large factor in the gradual decline of psychedelic symbols from Christian art.


Jerry hopes that we won’t see another Inquisition-style crackdown on psychedelic ritual. He envisions modern psychedelic centers, where anyone can go to explore psychedelics in the presence of trained guides. He thinks that this time, a psychedelic renaissance is unstoppable.



SHOW LINKS


Jerry and Julie’s book, The Psychedelic Gospels.
Soma by Gordon Wasson – investigating a mythical and mysterious psychedelic found in many ancient cultures.
Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna – looking at psychedelic plants and their usage throughout human history.
The Road to Eleusis by Gordon Wasson – unveiling the secretive psychedelic rituals of ancient Greece.



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Moses Was Tripping, And Other Scientific Explanations For Biblical Miracles

CARA GIAIMO, Atlas Obscura, September 25, 2015


Thomas Jefferson was a great fan of Jesus. The author of the Declaration of Independence called the Son of God “the greatest of all the Reformers,” a font of “eloquence and fine imagination,” and the author of “a system of the most sublime morality which has ever fallen from the lips of man.” He wrote of him often, and tried to keep his teachings in mind.


But there was one catch—Jefferson didn’t think Jesus was the son of God. Indeed, he didn’t believe in miracles at all. So for a couple of evenings in February of 1804, after he had gone through the day’s papers and correspondence, the then-President kicked back in the White House, pulled out a razor and some glue, and did something out of a Congressional Republican’s worst nightmare: he cut the parts he didn’t like out of the New Testament, and stuck the parts he did like together again.


The resulting Frankenbook—now known as the Jefferson Bible — “abstracts what is really [Jesus’] from the rubbish in which it is buried,” Jefferson explained 15 years later in a letter to his secretary, William Short. That rubbish included the concept of the Trinity (which he called “mere Abracadabra”) immaculate conception (which he predicted would someday be “classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter”), and nearly everything else with a hint of hocus-pocus. “If necessary to exclude the miraculous, Jefferson would cut the text even in mid-verse,” biographer Peter S. Onuf writes in Jeffersonian Legacies. His was a Bible without prophecy, resurrection, or infinite loaves and fishes; a Bible where angels feared to tread. It was only 46 pages long.


Jefferson was not the first faithful, rational person perplexed by miracles. For as long as the law of scripture has bumped up against the laws of physics, theologians, philosophers and scientists have looked for ways to reconcile the two. But in recent years, some researchers have taken things a step further. Armed with improving technology, a willingness to wade through incompatible fields, and, often, great personal conviction, they have set out to scientifically explain the definitively inexplicable. (…)


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L’installation Famous Deaths recrée par l’olfaction et l’audition les derniers instants de vie de deux légendes: Whitney Houston et John F. Kennedy.


L’œuvre, créée par Sense of Smell, fait partie de l’exposition Sensory Stories: donner corps au récit à l’ère numérique, véritable voyage initiatique à travers les émotions et les sensations encourageant l’expérimentation de réalités autrement inaccessibles.



‘Famous Deaths’ présentée dans le cadre de l’exposition SENSORY STORIES au Centre Phi

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Sensory Stories: donner corps au récit à l’ère numérique
Une exposition interactive à vivre au Centre Phi (Montréal p.Q.) : 13 œuvres qui transportent le visiteur dans un voyage sensoriel dont il est le héros.


Présentée du 14 juin au 21 août 2016


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À la vie, à la mort de WALTER SCHELS & BEATE LAKOTTA à la Basilique Notre-Dame (July 8, 2012)
The Dead (2010) de JACK BURMAN (September 13, 2011)
At the Hour of Our Death by photographer SARAH SUDHOFF (October 29, 2010)

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SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s

Upcoming event at Drawn and Quarterly :

Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe launch Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

Join us on Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 p.m. for the launch of the second Spectacular Optical book, Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s.


KIER-LA JANISSE and PAUL CORUPE launch Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

Co-editors KIER-LA JANISSE and PAUL CORUPE (and some special guest contributing authors) will host the evening. There will be a talk and video presentation on this infamous era, and books will be for sale at the event.


Librairie Drawn & Quarterly
211 Bernard Ouest, Montréal H2T 2K5


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In the 1980s, everywhere you turned there were warnings about a widespread evil conspiracy to indoctrinate the vulnerable through the media they consumed. This percolating cultural hysteria, now known as the “Satanic Panic,” was both illuminated and propagated through almost every pop culture pathway in the 1980s, from heavy metal music to Dungeons & Dragons role playing games, Christian comics, direct-to-VHS scare films, pulp paperbacks, Saturday morning cartoons and TV talk shows —and created its own fascinating cultural legacy of Satan-battling VHS tapes, music and literature. From con artists to pranksters and moralists to martyrs, Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s aims to capture the untold story of the how the Satanic Panic was fought on the pop culture frontlines and the serious consequences it had for many involved.


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A new anthology book on how the fear of a Satanic conspiracy spread through 1980s pop culture
(June 15, 2015)
Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (March 31, 2015)
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Jaune comme tes dents est allé faire l’expérience de SWANS le 26 octobre MMXII à La Tulipe, Montréal p.Q.

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The Free Spirits in the Search of the Lost Sacred présenté à la galerie SAS, Montréal p.Q.

The Reunion of the Free Spirits in the Search of the Lost Sacred
Présentée du 22 Novembre 2012 au 19 Janvier 2013 à la galerie [sas], Montréal p.Q.
Vernissage le 22 novembre à 17:30


Galerie [sas]
372, Sainte-Catherine Ouest suite 416
Montréal (Qc) H3B 1A2
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This is a Reunion of all those who hunt this universe for the sacred


This exhibition is for those who, reeling forth on cosmic wheels, propelled from the heart by lashes of wind and fire, seek to draw out, with claws, with fingers like feathers, touching grace, spinning the leather wheel of the infinite road trip into the blinding ring, glimpses of fur darting past the edges of civilization, seen from the corners of silver screen eyes, sew glistening seeds before the scathing sunsets of dawns dripping with dew, a foundation of crystal roots. This is for the warriors of light who hold trembling temptation at bay, who are driven, haunted by the need to transform the empire of conformity, by making persistent gestures of new ocean scapes.


We are a euphoric beast resurrected for an emergency. We are a multi-media tribe of Free Spirits sacrificing everything for the future of the screaming human soul. We invite you to step in, we embrace you with the circle of fire we must fuel to keep alive.


If we burn with the pleasure of creation, we owe it to the ancestors who sacrificed everything to keep the channels overflowing with endless emanations of the truth. Transported to us by open souls, these are the delicate and powerful rhythms we seek to reveal in ways that speak to our present vital hunger ; and which provoke the potential in each of us to destroy walls that block the radiation of this energy.


Through alchemical experimentation, we devise rituals in our free temple laboratory, demonstrating ways to channel the Lost Sacred wisdom into contexts of modernity.


We raise our overflowing crucibles, and our double-edged swords of Compassion and Resistance, to our vision, to our revolution : to daring to believe that art will create universal peace.


WE WILL RESTORE THE MYTHS IN A JOYFUL CRY OF LIBERATION

Liturgie Apocryphe

"The production of nervous force is directly connected with the diet of an individual, and its refining depends on the very purity of this diet, allied to appropriate breathing exercises.

The diet most calculated to act effectively on the nervous force is that which contains the least quantity of animal matter; therefore the Pythagorean diet, in this connection, is the most suitable.

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The main object was to avoid introducing into the organism what Descartes called 'animal spirits'. Thus, all animals that had to serve for the nourishment of the priests were slaughtered according to special rites, they were not murdered, as is the case nowadays".