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carl a. p. ruck is a professor of classical studies at Boston University. His work with the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann and the ethnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson demonstrated that the ancient Greek Eleusinian Mystery was an initiation involving an LSD-like visionary sacrament derived from ergot. In Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion, he proclaimed the centrality of psychoactive sacraments at the very beginnings of religion, employing the neologism "entheogen" to free the topic from the pejorative connotations for words like drug or hallucinogen.
josé alfredo gonzález celdrán is a professor of ancient Greek based in Murcia, Spain. He is the author of an historical novel set in ancient Egypt at the time of the heretical monotheistic pharaoh Akhenaten and a book on the role of psychoactive mushrooms in myth and religion, as well as works with an archaeologist on prehistoric rock paintings.
mark a. hoffman is editor of Entheos: The Journal of Psychedelic Spirituality and entheomedia.org. He has written on shamanism, ancient religions, early Christianity, and the role of visionary sacraments in Western mystery tradition. He holds degrees in Religious Studies and Philosophy from San Diego State University and currently lives in Taos, New Mexico.