Psychedelic Mushrooms, Fertility Cults and the origin of religion

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Every 2nd Friday of the month

Club Redfern

159 Redfern St, Redfern · Sydney

How to find us

On the second floor. If you have difficulties please call Steve 0450 123 211

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Jim Muscaria explains some of the intriguing beginnings of religion. Jim's talk leans heavily on the controversial work of visionary scholar John Allegro.
It will take us on a trip through some interesting subjects including:
Psilocybin mushrooms, Syrian Rue and Acacia trees and the psychedelic experience
Fecundity of Mother Earth and divine fertilization .
Temple layout mimicking female reproductive organs and priests as the divine male organ.
Male and Female Temple prostitutes and their unexpected duties.
Secrecy and initiation into the fertility cult.
Impact upon Egyptian, Indian, Zoroastrian and Jewish religion and then inclusion of the Cult into Christianity.
Extensive images of Psychedelic mushrooms in 12th century books, architecture and stained glass windows.
Mushrooms as used by Druids, Vikings, fairies, witches, Santa Clause, Christmas trees and modern fairy tales.

Entry to this event will be $5.00 for supporter members of Sydney Atheists and $10.00 for non-supporter attendees. Annual Supporter membership is only $20. To become a supporter member, please go to:

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Our talk events are held at the Function Room at Club Redfern:

2nd Floor, 159 Redfern St

The entrance is 20 metres across Gibbons Street from Redfern Station under the SPAR sign. You can walk up the stairs, the escalator or use the elevator to the 2nd floor where the club is located. The outside of the venue is shown below.

Parking is available in the shopping complex and adjacent streets.

Please have your meal in the adjacent lounge areas where there is a variety of food and drinks including Australian and Chinese meals - see the menu selection at:

Sydney Atheists look forward to welcoming everyone to a great atmosphere and experience.

Dinner is available from 5.30pm whilst the talks begin at 7.00pm. As there will be limited table space, it is preferable to have meals in the restaurant section of the club before entering the function area, though bringing drinks in will be fine.

Once a month the Meetup meets for a topical discussion with a special guest. Special guests in the past have been members of the meetup, or experts from outside, speaking on topics of their expertise. If you wish to speak, or know somebody who would like to speak to us, please contact Steve[masked].

With the approval of our speakers, we also attempt to record our talks and put them up on our youtube channel (