By John Marco Allegro
The place did God come from? What do the bible tales particularly let us know? Who or what was once Jesus Christ? This booklet demanding situations every thing we expect we all know concerning the nature of faith. ? The old fertility cult on the center of Christianity ? The dwelling strength of cultic rites and emblems ? The sacred mushroom because the brand and embodiment of divinity ? The mystery which means of biblical myths ? The language of faith that hyperlinks us to our ancestors The Sacred Mushroom and the go units out John Allegro's quest via a genealogy of languages to discover the reality approximately the place Christianity got here from.
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In that holy situation they weren't allowed to depart the sanctuary precincts (Lev 21:12; cp. 10:7), until through a few in poor health probability and erotic dream, they have been to ruin their ritual purity via inadvertently blending their very own semen on their our bodies with that of the god. if so they have been obliged to depart the sacred zone of the Jerusalem temple by means of an underground passage resulting in the profane zone of the town. 35 either the Semitic and the Greek phrases for “christ”, the “anointed, or smeared one”, got here from Sumerian phrases for semen or resinous saps, MASh and SKEM. Used as descriptive titles in that language, they seem as a “MASh—man”, exorcist, that's, the priest who drives away demons, and as a “ShEM-man” a compounder of perfumes, the similar of the outdated testomony mixer of the holy anointing-oils. 36 Semitic moreover mixed either Sumerian phrases right into a new root sh—m—sh, “serve” (tables, as a steward; the temple, as a clergyman; the heavenly throne, as an angel; the genitals, as a penis or a vulva). therefore the noun capability a steward, priest, angel or prostitute. 37 An independently derived shape very early on got here for use for the best “copulator” of all, the sunlight, Hebrew shemesh, whose fiery glans each night plunged gleaming into the open vulva of the earth, and within the morning “came forth like a bridegroom from his marriage chamber” (Ps 19:5). 38 one other vital be aware for a servitor of god in Greek used to be therapeutes, the verb therapeuo implying either provider to god and attendance at the physique as physicians, within which experience now we have derived our “therapy”, “therapeutics”, and so on. This root additionally has a sexual foundation, as a “giver of life”, and is attached with the Sumerian DARA, “beget”, showing as a reputation for the fertility and typhoon gods Ea and Adad. 39 The notice therapeutës is of specific curiosity because it used to be the identify of an ascetic, contemplative sect who've usually been in comparison with the Essenes. They lived almost always in Egypt, on the flip of the period, yet most likely had a protracted heritage sooner than that date. we all know of them in the course of the writings of the first-century Philo,4° and Eusebius, the Church historian (third and fourth century) •41 The Therapeutae, as they're known as, lived in combined groups, bring to an end from their fellow-men, rejecting own estate, thoroughly celibate, the ladies being often “aged virgins 6o THE MAN-CHILD BORN OF A VIRGIN …who have saved their chastity in their personal loose will of their ardent hope for learning”. all of them met jointly in basic terms at the Sabbath, the ladies being separated from the boys via a dividing partition within the meeting hail. yet each 7th week after supper, either sexes mingled, making a song and dancing until eventually sunrise, once they back to their very own quarters. Eusebius used to be so struck via the likeness of the Therapeutae to Christian clergymen of his personal day that he suggestion they could were Christians, and that the books mentioned by way of Philo as “the writings of old males who have been the founders of the sect” could have been the Gospels and Epistles in which that they had turn into switched over.