Moses was high on drugs: Israeli Researcher

By nEone · Mar 5, 2008 · ·
  1. nEone
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  1. zera
    As much as I would love for this to be true, there's not really any evidence presented in this "research." In fact it sounds less like research and more like
    random thoughts while stoned. Not that I'm against that, but if we're going to start publishing that stuff swim's got some really good theories about the future of society.
  2. 0utrider
    Israeli Researcher Suggests Moses, Followers Were High On Drugs,2933,335055,00.html
  3. Bikelbees
    I'd like to know what plants were involved, syrian rue sounds like a contender. I'd like to think it was true, maybe it was mushrooms and rue, maybe some DMT grasses? Either that or El Al were flying out of Quito with a Mr Shanon still phased by that black vine and chaliponga brew. Don't you know, ayahuasca was invented by the Jews? Perhaps that explains the US patent attempt on it (speaking as a former Red sea pedestrian).

    Is this another attempt to claim intellectual property rights over the sacred vine?
  4. ~lostgurl~
  5. snapper
    Re: Israeli Researcher Suggests Moses, Followers Were High On Drugs

    There is a lot of evidence that Haoma was harmala and it was used, along with ephedra plants, for religious rituals in that part of the world around the time of Moses. Add in Acacia, which is a known source of DMT, and you have middle eastern ayahuasca.. All old religions, in SWIM's opinion, started with some kind of psychoactive as the center of it's rituals and the source of mysticism. The only exception would be religions which substituted medication for drugs...
  6. lulz
    Re: Israeli Researcher Suggests Moses, Followers Were High On Drugs

    People looked at his cane and thought it was a snake, looked at a river and thought it was blood, and thought hopping frogs appeared out of thin air.

    They were clearly tripping. Case closed. ;)
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  8. curious1
    Re: Israeli Researcher Suggests Moses, Followers Were High On Drugs

    SWIM loves syrian rue and has to say that he likes moses a little more now :)
  9. enquirewithin
    Leary suggested that Moses was, a think the phrase was, 'wacked out visionary', a long while back. Also, it may just be an old legend.


    Moses Was High on Drugs, Israeli Researcher Says

    Psychedelic Cocktail May Explain Vision of the Burning Bush, Professor Says


    JERUSALEM, March 5, 2008

    Moses and the Israelites were on drugs, says Benny Shanon, an Israeli professor of cognitive philosophy.

    Writing in the British Journal Time and Mind, he claims Moses was probably on psychedelic drugs when he received the Ten Commandments from God.

    The assertions give a whole new meaning to Moses being "high" on Mount Sinai.

    According to Shanon, a professor at Hebrew University, two naturally existing plants in the Sinai Peninsula have the same psychoactive components as ones found in the Amazon jungle and are well-known for their mind-altering capabilities. The drugs are usually combined in a drink called ayahuasca.

    "As far as 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 effects of narcotics," he told Israel Radio in an interview Tuesday.

    The description in The Book of Exodus of thunder, lightening and a blaring trumpet, according to Shanon, are the classic imaginings of people under the influence of drugs.

    As for the vision of the burning bush, well obviously that too was a drug-fueled hallucination, according to Shanon.
    "In advanced forms of ayahuasca inebriation," he wrote, "the seeing of light is accompanied by profound religious and spiritual feelings."

    Shanon admits he took some of these drugs while in the Amazon in 1991. "I experienced visions that had spiritual-religious connotations," he said.

    The initial reaction to this controversial theory from Israel's religiously orthodox community and the powerful rabbis who lead it was less than enthusiastic.

    Orthodox rabbi Yuval Sherlow, quoted by Reuters speaking on Israel radio, said: "The Bible is trying to convey a very profound event. We have to fear not for the fate of the biblical Moses, but for the fate of science."
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