Jerry B. Brown, Ph.D., is an anthropologist, author and activist. From 1972-2014, he served as Founding Professor of Anthropology at Florida International University in Miami, where he designed and taught a course on “Hallucinogens and Culture.” His latest work, The Psychedelic Gospels is available now
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I wish this mind meld were a documentary. If it were, it’d be like a more existentially stimulating, more psychedelic Indian Jones or Da Vinci Code or something. A film that’d transport you through both time and space from ancient Egyptian and Hellenic mystery schools to esoteric, medieval European Christendom to the modern psychedelic renaissance we find ourselves in. We’d even get a glimpse at a possible technodelic near-future where you’d be able to walk down the street to your neighborhood mystery clinic.
Limitations of the medium aside, thanks to the work of Dr. Brown, this cast does all of the above. It’s an absolute wonder-wich complete with an au jus of such potent novelty that it may, very well, completely reframe how you think of Judeo-Christian spirituality.
Musings in this mind meld include –
- Does adding a psychedelic catalyst to spirituality cheapen it?
- Rosslyn Chapel, “Green Men” and mushrooms
- The case for clandestine history of psychedelics in christianity
- What is a mystery school? Gordon Wasson,
- Gordon Wasson and his book, The Road to Eleusis
- The story of Eleusinian Mysteries
- The Egyptian mysteries and the Egyptian book of the dead
- If Christianity has an entheogenic history, could the mainstream ever embrace it?
- The link between the black plague, the inquisition and the suppression of entheogenic substances and mystery schools
- The modern resurgence of entheogens, psychedelic medicine and the redefinition of spirituality