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					œMoses was high on drugs: Israeli researcher-•      The world wide media
interest in Benny Shanon's paper about Moses and entheogens, is
encouraging us to take a good and hard look at the roots of religions and
the notion that they were based on fertility cults, and shamanic
practices such as Entheogens (or hallucinogenic) plants as a source of
spiritual communion with the universal consciousness, or the mind of God.


  John Allegro, in his book -œThe Sacred Mushroom and the Cross: A Study
of the Nature and Origins of Christianity within the Fertility Cults of
the Ancient Near East-•, postulated through the etymology of words and
relates how the development of language indicated that the roots of the
religions emanating from the Middle East were based on fertility cults,
and shamanic practices such as Entheogens (or hallucinogenic) plants as a
source of spiritual communion with the universal consciousness, or the
mind of God..      Back in the 1970's the reaction against these ideas
was so strong that it destroyed Allegro's career, the book was not
published in the UK as it was regarded as blasphemous, and blasphemy was
still a crime. It's good to think that we have made some progress in
recent years.      Allegro's theory was visionary and ground-breaking. He
was the first to propose in some detail that two major religions
Christianity and by extension Judaism were entheogen-oriented and that
the entheogen was Amanita Muscaria. His book was published at a time when
there was little or no awareness about the use of entheogens, and was
indeed a courageous act to publish this book.      Another great explorer
and pathfinder in human consciousness was Terence Mckenna, in his book -
œFood of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A
Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution-•, proposed that
hallucinogenic plants, in this case Psilocybin mushrooms, were the cause
of the astounding and unexplained rapid evolution and development of the
human brain within the evolutionary time scale (just 500,000 years from
the hominids). In other words how we developed from our ape relatives .
His theory also encompasses the development of linguistics , and human
civilisation itself.        JERUSALEM (AFP) - High on Mount Sinai, Moses
was on psychedelic drugs when he heard God deliver the Ten Commandments,
an Israeli researcher claimed in a study published this week.       Such
mind-altering substances formed an integral part of the religious rites
of Israelites in biblical times, Benny Shanon, a professor of cognitive
psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote in the Time and
Mind journal of philosophy.      "As far Moses on Mount Sinai is
concerned, it was either a supernatural cosmic event, which I don't
believe, or a legend, which I don't believe either, or finally, and this
is very probable, an event that joined Moses and the people of Israel
under the effect of narcotics," Shanon told Israeli public radio on
Tuesday.      Moses was probably also on drugs when he saw the "burning
bush," suggested Shanon, who said he himself has dabbled with such
substances.      "The Bible says people see sounds, and that is a classic
phenomenon," he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the
Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to "see music."
Israeli researcher He mentioned his own experience when he used
ayahuasca, a powerful psychotropic plant, during a religious ceremony in
Brazil's Amazon forest in 1991. "I experienced visions that had
spiritual-religious connotations," Shanon said.      He said the
psychedelic effects of ayahuasca were comparable to those produced by
concoctions based on bark of the acacia tree, that is frequently
mentioned in the Bible.      Howard G. Charing, is an international
workshop leader on shamanism. He has worked some of the most respected
and extraordinary shamans & healers in the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest,
and the Philippines. With Peter Cloudsley he organises specialist
retreats to the Amazon Rainforest. He is the author of the best selling
book, Plant Spirit Shamanism.     Visit the website for info about our
Andean & Amazon Ayahuasca Yoga Retreats     Visit Howard G Charing's
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