Gordon Wasson was a Vice President for JP Morgan when he launched the “mushrooms are the foundation for everything movement,” something inspired no doubt by the 1736 report of Swedish colonel Philip Johan von Strahlenberg concerning odd behavior among the Korak people of Kamchatka Siberia who used amanita muscaria for ceremonies. The colonel was being held prisoner at the time and reported:
“The poorer Sort, who cannot afford to lay in a Store of these Mushrooms, post themselves, on these Ocassions, round the Huts of the Rich, and watch the Opportunity of the Guests coming down to make Water; And then hold a Wooden Bowl to receive the Urine, which they drink off greedily, as having still some Virtue of the Mushroom in it, and by this way they also get Drunk.”
Wasson developed a theory that Siberian use of mushrooms had filtered down to India and Persia, and drinking priest’s urine was encoded into the oldest living religious document, the Rig Veda, the Bible of Hinduism, and something echoed in the Avesta, the Persian Bible.
Wasson had a very poor understanding of Sanskrit, so he hired a translator to work with him, and it’s her translation of the Rig Veda everyone reads in English today. And herein is the biggest pitfall: unless you can find the original document and learn to read the language, you never know for sure what you’re getting, and how much has been slanted or distorted. One thing is massively clear: there’s been an intense amount of distortion around the origins of religion, especially concerning what’s intentionally been left out of the picture.
A decade after Wasson mesmerized the academic world with the outrageously invented story Soma was a mushroom, one of the handful of scholars allowed access to the Dea Sea Scrolls broke the web of secrecy around that project by claiming Jesus never existed and was a code for amanita muscaria as well.
According to John Allegro, “Jesus” meant “Semen” and “Christ” meant “Giant Erect Mushroom Penis.” This was all based on the Sumerian language, long dead by the time of Jesus. And it just goes to show how far you can stretch this story in any direction you want. Allegro sold this story to the tabloids and lost his academic career in the process.
Judea was at the pivotal crossroads connecting the Roman Empire with Persia, India, and Russia. The biggest influences in the time were coming from the West, and Greek was the universal language of the educated (not to mention the only one used to write the New Testament), so isn’t far more likely Jesus is an echo from something Greek-sounding, like “Zeus,” perhaps? And doesn’t that have a much better ring for an icon on the altar than: “semen?” Not to mention the current story is the real name was Joshua, but got changed to Jesus for unknown reasons, a weak tale.
Meanwhile, “Krsta” is Sanskrit for “attraction.” And Sanskit had a huge influence over Greek language.
The Greek “Christos” means “the anointed one,” but it can also mean “Krishna.”
According to Indian legend, Krishna was manifested magically to bring harmony back to an unbalanced earth. Krishna is often portrayed as a blue-faced child with flute who brings music, dancing and fun, and symbolizes love and peace, and can also be portrayed as an older man.
The colloquial Bengali expression for “Krishna” is “Kristo,” which is exactly the same as “Christ” in Spanish.
So why is Allegro reaching back into ancient Sumerian dialects to find the answers that should be so clear right in front of his face? And why have both the mainstream scholars and “conspiracy theorists” been directed down the same mushroom rabbit hole, when the importance of cannabis is the real story in the history of religion?
Here’s the proof: Ma means cannabis, as in Soma, Haoma, Shuma. And its also the source for shaman and magician. So if you want to talk about the origins of magic and religion, you have to talk about cannabis and not avoid the subject entirely with a bunch of linguistic hooh-hah.