The Fungi-Pareidola of The Psychedelic Gospels

CANNABIS CULTURE – Jerry and Julie Brown have said of their own work, “we believe that The Psychedelic Gospels should be studied with the same rigor applied to the Dead Sea Scrolls and Gnostic Gospels”, which is considerable self praise. Having read their book, I think Psychedelic Trope would have been a more fitting title.

side bar – Fungi-Pareidola: The tendency to see mushrooms in various objects, from parasols, folds in cloth, painted trees to domed buildings, and then interpret this as a ‘secret message’ regarding the ‘secret use’ of psychoactive mushrooms, with no other evidence to back it up. This condition is widespread in entheogenic culture, particularly among the ‘discipuli Allegrae’ a term coined by Tom Hatsis, for the various researchers duped by the questionable etymological interpretations of John Allegro. 

Jerry Brown is an an anthropologist and ethnomycologist and served as founding professor of anthropology at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, his co-auhtor and wife, Julie Brown is described on their site as “an integrative psychotherapist, who conducts research on the role of sacred plants in religion.” One would hope with such credential that The Psychedelic Gospels would be a much needed, well referenced and researched contribution to

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