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Encyclopedia > Danny Staples

(Blaise) Daniel "Danny" Staples (13 July 1948 — December 2005[1]) was a Classical mythologist; a native of Somerset, Massachusetts, he received a B.A. in Comparative Religion and a Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Boston University. Working with R. Gordon Wasson, Jonathan Ott, and his life-partner, Carl A. P. Ruck, to coin the term "entheogen". July 13 is the 194th day (195th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 171 days remaining. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Folkloristics is the formal academic study of folklore and mythology. ...   Somerset is a town in Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States. ... For similarly-named academic institutions, see Boston (disambiguation). ... R. Gordon Wasson (September 22, 1898 – December 23, 1986) was an author, amateur researcher and banker. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Carl A. P. Ruck is a professor in the Classical Studies department at Boston University. ... An entheogen, in the strictest sense, is a psychoactive substance (most often some plant matter with hallucinogenic effects) that occasions an enlightening spiritual or mystical experience. ...

He co-authored with Carl A.P. Ruck The World of Classical Mythology: Gods and Goddesses, Heroines and Heroes (1994), which has become a standard textbook. With Ruck he has also written Apples of Apollo: Pagan and Christian Mysteries of the Eucharist (2001, with Carl Heinrich ISBN 0-89089-924-X), which builds upon Wasson's suggestion that the Vedic soma was the mushroom Amanita muscaria; with Ruck, Wasson and Albert Hofmann he wrote The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries. Vedic may refer to: Ancient India the Vedic civilization the Vedas, the oldest preserved Indo-Aryan texts Vedic Sanskrit, their language (see also Vedic meter, Vedic accent, Vedic chant and Shrauta) the historical Vedic religion traditional Hindu culture: Vedic astrology the Ayurveda (Vedic medicine) Ancient Vedic weights and measures modern... This article is about the Vedic plant and ritual. ... Binomial name Amanita muscaria (Linnaeus) Hook. ...

With Ruck, José Alfredo González Celdrán and Mark Alwin Hoffman, he wrote his final book, The Hidden World: Survival of Pagan Shamanic Themes in European Fairytales (2007 ISBN 1-59460-144-5).

Staples was also the author of numerous articles in his field.


  1. ^ Obituary Boston Globe 6 December 2005.

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