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Road to Eleusis Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries

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ISBN-10: 1556437528

ISBN-13: 9781556437526

Edition: 30th 2008

Authors: R. Gordon Wasson, Albert Hofmann, Carl A. P. Ruck, Huston Smith, Peter Webster

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The secretive Mysteries conducted at Eleusis in Greece for nearly two millennia have long puzzled scholars with strange accounts of initiates experiencing otherworldly journeys. In this groundbreaking work, three experts—a mycologist, a chemist, and a historian—argue persuasively that the sacred potion given to participants in the course of the ritual contained a psychoactive entheogen. The authors then expand the discussion to show that natural psychedelic agents have been used in spiritual rituals across history and cultures. Although controversial when first published in 1978, the book’s hypothesis has become more widely accepted in recent years, as knowledge of ethnobotany has deepened.…    
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List price: $18.95
Edition: 30th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.01" wide x 8.99" long x 0.54" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

R. Gordon Wasson (1898-1986) was an international banker, amateur mycologist, and author. He studied at the Columbia School of Journalism and at the London School of Economics. In 1926 Wasson married Valentina Pavlovna Guercken, a pediatrician. On a delayed honeymoon in 1927 in the Catskill Mountains of New York, the Wassons' lifelong gathering of "references to mushrooms and toadstools in the folklore of the world" began. The Wassons went on to integrate mycological data with data from other fields: history, linguistics, comparative religion, mythology, art, and archaeology, exploring all aspects of mushrooms. They called their field of studies "ethnomycology" and coined the terms…    

Huston Smith, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Syracuse University, is considered the country's preeminent public scholar of world religions. The author of The Religions of Man (1958, republished as The World's Religions in 1991) and Why Religion Matters (2001), Smith has influenced multiple generations of readers, artists, scholars, and students. He has been profiled in a PBS series by Bill Moyers and appears frequently on national TV and radio. Phil Cousineau is the author and editor of numerous books, including, most recently, Once and Future Myths: The Power of Ancient Stories in Modern Times (2001), The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred (1998), and Soul…    

Preface to the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
The Wasson Road to Eleusis (R.G.W.)
A Challenging Question and My Answer (A.H.)
Solving the Eleusinian Mystery (C.A.P.R.)
Ancillary Data
The Homeric Hymn to Demeter (translation by Danny Staples)
Documentation (C.A.P.R.)
Entheogens (Carl A. P. Ruck, Jeremy Bigwood, Danny Staples, Jonathan Ott, & R. Gordon Wasson)
Kykeon Chemistry