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Book Title: From the Bodies of the Gods: Psychoactive Plants and the Cults of the Dead|
The author of the book: Earl Lee
ISBN 13: 9781594774584
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 24.71 MB
Edition: Park Street Press
Date of issue: May 16th 2012
Read full description of the books From the Bodies of the Gods: Psychoactive Plants and the Cults of the Dead:The origins of modern religion in human sacrifice, ritual cannibalism, visionary intoxication, and the Cult of the Dead - Explores ancient practices of producing sacred hallucinogenic foods and oils from the bodies of the dead for ritual consumption and religious anointing - Explains how these practices are deeply embedded in the symbolism, theology, and sacraments of modern religion, specifically Christianity and the Eucharist - Documents the rites of Cults of the Dead from the prehistoric Minoans on Crete to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Hebrews to early and medieval Christian sects such as the Cathars Long before the beginnings of civilization, humans have been sacrificed and their flesh used to produce sacred foods and oils for use in religious rites. Originating with the sacred harvest of hallucinogenic mushrooms from the corpses of shamans and other holy men, these acts of ritual cannibalism and visionary intoxication are part of the history of all cultures, including Judeo-Christian ones, and provided a way to commune with the dead. These practices continued openly into the Dark Ages, when they were suppressed and adapted into the worship of saintly bones--or continued in secret by a few "heretical" sects, such as the Cathars and the Knights Templar. While little known today, these rites remain deeply embedded in the symbolism, theology, and sacraments of modern religion and bring a much more literal meaning to the church's "Holy Communion" or symbolic consumption of the body and blood of Christ. Documenting the sacrificial, cannibalistic, and psychoactive sacramental practices associated with the Cult of the Dead from the prehistoric Minoans on Crete to the ancient Egyptians and Hebrews and onward to early and medieval Christian sects, Earl Lee shows how these religious rites influenced the development of Western religion. In particular, he reveals how Christianity originated with Jesus's effort to restore the sacred rites of Moses, including the Marzeah, or Feast for the Dead. Examining the connections between these rites and the mysterious funeral of Father Sauniere in Rennes-le-Chateau, the author explains why the prehistoric Cult of the Dead has held such power over Western civilization, so much so that its echoes are still heard today in our literature, film, and arts.
Read information about the authorEarl Lee was born in Illinois (near Chicago) in 1955 and is currently a librarian at Pittsburg State University. He was recently promoted to the honorary rank of University Professor.
Earl Lee was an editor on the SciFi novel: The Hour of Lead.
He wrote the foreword to The Jungle: The Uncensored Original Edition (See Sharp Press).
He has also written several popular parodies, including "The Screwletter Tapes", and the novel Raptured: The Final Daze of the Late, Great Planet Earth (a parody of Tim LaHaye's evangelical End-of-the-World novel, Left Behind). His work includes fiction, drama and poetry. Samples can be found at Goodreads and on his blogg "Kiss My Left Behind"
He has lived in Arkansas (Little Rock, Jacksonville, Fayetteville, Strawberry, Calamine); Tennessee (Memphis); Wisconsin (Appleton, Ashwaubenon, De Pere, Madison, Rice Lake); Oklahoma (Enid), and Kansas.
Lee has attended Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas (B.A. in Literature); the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (M.A. in English); Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin (teaching certification); and the University of Wisconsin--Madison (M.A.L.I.S).
His articles have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including bestselling anthology You Are Being Lied To.
Currently he is working on a political satire and a non-fiction work on the history of religion. His horror fiction is often graphic and always literate.
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