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The Pharmacratic Inquisition [Jul. 6th, 2005|01:06 am]
Shamanism and Entheogens
I just finished watching this video The Pharmacratic Inquisition made by Jan Irvin and Andrew Rutajit, authors of the book, The Aquarius Initiation: Astrotheology & Shamanism - Revealing the Law of Duality in Christianity and Other Religions, and I have to say that it was well worth the three and half hours. The movie consists of two fellows standing beside a projection screen talking while they present visual aides. It covers a lot of topics, from the controversial origins of Christianity, to the idea that psychoactive substances were the basis of modern religions, and other diverse topics relating to the history of beliefs. Some of the authors cited are: Acharya S., R. Gordon Wasson, Terrence McKenna, James Arthur, John Allegro, among many others. It may be rehashed info for the more well versed, but they put it together smoothly and creatively all in one package, and the best part it's open source and free.

Get the Video HERE.

Below are some thumbnails from the film.


[User Picture]From: faderanger
2005-07-19 08:51 am (UTC)
looks cool. I dig allegro and mckenna's ideas. definitely need to be taken with a grain of salt, but there's a lot to them, certainly inspiring critical investigation and re-evaluations of what we "know" about the evolution of consciousness.
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From: tecknovore
2005-07-19 10:41 am (UTC)
No more a grain of salt than anything else you might come across. Shit, the idea of hallucinogenic mushrooms inspiring the visions of the early xtians makes a hell of a lot more sense than the 'accepted' versions. Why do you feel the need to include that caveat if I may ask? I know for a fact that these substances can create religious experiences, so I guess my own empirical evidence coupled with their scholarly and anecdotal evidence together makes a pretty tight case. Have you personally read The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross yet? Because Allegro puts forth pretty exhausting evidence for his case, going back the root Sumerian words for the Semitic tongues, shedding completely new light on their true meanings and origins. Anyhow, watch the flick and let me know what you think.
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