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The teachings of Thoth-Hermes -- the Hermetic tradition -- is one of the oldest spiritual traditions in the world, and while no direct evidence links the Book of Thoth to Eastern religions, it shares uncanny similarities in concepts and terminology with Taoism, Hinduism, and Buddhism. In the West, the Hermetic traditions found a home not only with pagan tradition but also in all three of the orthodox Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), and many of the most heretical beliefs of the Gnostics are also openly expressed in it. Ethnobotanist and consciousness guru Terence McKenna agrees, calling the Hermetic teachings "a formula for a holographic matrix" that is mirrored in the human mind and offers mankind its only hope for future survival. The Book of Thoth has long been associated with the Tarot, which is said by many to be the embodiment of its teachings.