I've been waiting for the right time to post this amazing monumental presentation regarding the occult and esoteric pagan history behind religious symbolism in relation to Jesus and Sun cycles, amanita muscaria mushroom (fly agaric) and the divine experiences of altered states of consciousness through entheogenic drugs. Happy Holidaze...
Thousands of years ago, in the pre monarchic era, psychedelic/entheogenic substances where publicly known world wide and were respected for their ability to bring forth the divine, Yahweh, God, The Great Spirit, etc., by the many cultures who used them. Often the entire tribe or community would partake in the entheogenic rites. These rites were often used in initiation into adulthood, for healing, to help guide the community in the decision process, and to bring the direct religious experience to anyone seeking it, that might take these psychedelic sacraments properly.
In the pre literate world, the knowledge of psychedelic plant sacraments, as well as fertility rites and astronomical knowledge surrounding the sun, stars, and zodiac, known as astrotheology, were anthropomorphized into human/god like beings so their stories and practices could be passed down for generations. Weather changes over millenniums caused environmental changes that altered the available foods and plant sacraments available in the local vicinity. If a tribe lost its shamanic El-der (El - God), all of the tribe's knowledge of their plant sacraments as well as astronomical knowledge would be lost.
Video: Terence McKenna on Hallucinogens and Culture with Jeffrey Mishlove
HALLUCINOGENS AND CULTURE: Hallucinogenic substances have been instrumental in the foundation of many aspects of our cultural heritage. In this challenging program, McKenna suggests ways in which hallucinogenic plants have been associated with spiritual traditions in ancient India, in the Amazon and in medieval Europe.
Jonathan Ott is a highly regarded ethnobotanist, writer, natural products Chemist, Botanical researcher, and pundit in the area of entheogens and their cultural and historical uses. Of particular note is his book Ayahuasca Analogues, in which he researched and identified numerous plants around the globe containing the harmala alkaloids of Banisteriopsis caapi, which are MAOIs, and plants containing Dimethyltryptamine, which together are the chemical base of the South American Ayahuasca brew. He collaborated with important workers like Christian RÃ¤tsch and Jochen Gartz, and appeared as a speaker at the Starwood Festival in 1996. He has co-authored several key books and papers with the late ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson. He has many years experience field collecting in Mexico, where he lives and manages a small natural products laboratory and botanical garden of medicinal herbs. - Wikipedia
"On 8th June 2006 the chairman of a religious group, calling himself Pastor David, has been imprisoned on remand in Switzerland. This association calls itself SMCS (Sacred Mushroom Church of Switzerland). Pastor David, whose full name is David Jan Schlesinger and who has German citizenship, is active in the application of psilocybin-containing mushrooms since many years. The followers of the SMCS regard these mushrooms as holy, because they allow spiritual experience and make lasting improvements of the whole psychical and physical health condition possible.
We won't explain the mode of functioning of the mushrooms in detail here, but many people don't have doubts, that these mushrooms change the consciousness in a way, that they can be applied as a cure against different forms of mental illness and have the power to lead their users to religious experiences.
The imprisonment of David Schlesinger is taken by us as a clear infringement of the human rights, because it is based on laws, which limit the freedom of religion, guaranteed by international human right and national constitution, and these laws are obviously specifically designed to limit this freedom.
The working field of the SMCS is not primarily focused on the distribution of mushrooms, but also on long term goals, that have no relation to the provisioning of mushrooms to members and followers. These are among other things the establishment of local supply structures (e.g. agriculture), whose ecological sense is more important than short term financial gain, as well as the implementation of pacifism and ecological sight as the highest priority of international politics and social engagement.
In the USA and other countries several accepted churches and religious groups exist, based on the consumption of so called entheogens, which are similar in their influence on the human mind to the psychedelic mushrooms." - www.freedavid.org