Moses and Hallucinogens - Plant Spirit Shamanism from the Bible
"Moses was high on drugs”: Claims Israeliresearcher
JERUSALEM (AFP) - High on MountSinai, Moses was on psychedelic drugswhen he heard God deliver the TenCommandments, an Israeli researcherclaimed in a study published inrecently.Such mind-altering substances formedan integral part of the religious ritesof Israelites in biblical times, BennyShanon, a professor of cognitivepsychology at the Hebrew Universityof Jerusalem wrote in the Time andMind journal of philosophy."As far Moses on Mount Sinai isconcerned, it was either asupernatural cosmic event, which Idon't believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this isvery probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel under theeffect of narcotics," Shanon told Israeli public radio.Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the "burning bush," suggestedShanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such substances."The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a classic phenomenon," he saidciting the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs areused that induce people to "see music."Shanon mentions his own experience when he used ayahuasca, a powerfulpsychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in Brazil's Amazon forest in1991. "I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations," Shanonsaid.He said the psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to thoseproduced by concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree that is frequentlymentioned in the Bible.