Moses was high?

This Israeli researcher says so..

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 clasic phenomenon," he said citing the example of religious ceremonies in the Amazon in which drugs are used that induce people to "see music."

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.

Isn't that nice!!!!!! 

0 comment on Moses was high?

  1. Roman Kalik
    March 12, 2008 at 10:54 am

    And this, friends, is what happens when you leave academics to their own devices. Given enough time they’ll write just about every single stupid theory known to man – with the unfortunate academic by-product of being taken seriously by some people.

    Amusing, in its own little way.

  2. Anna-A
    March 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Can you even believe people dedicate their lives to that?:):)
    No wonder I was traumatized by the university.

    Someone said that once people go to get their Phds…
    ***They Never Come Back***

  3. Nomad
    March 12, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    he, they were Semites, didn’t they share the same habits as the others, like masticate “kat” (ie Yemen, Somalia…) ?

  4. brooklynjon
    March 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm


    We Semites would never masticate in public. 😉

  5. Nomad
    March 12, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    could be a gourmandise sin there 😎

  6. Deevz
    March 12, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    I knew it!!! (or at least thought it, even if I don’t believe it) What’s more likely a cosmic event or a psychedelic trip?!

  7. leo
    March 13, 2008 at 2:18 am

    What did you know?

  8. Howie
    March 13, 2008 at 4:00 am


    Long hair…beard…digs on being in the hills alone…

    OK…I can buy this…

    Yo..yo….Mo…pass the shrooms bro

  9. pedro
    March 13, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Now I get it. He sure must have been high when he wrote that!!

  10. Lynn
    March 13, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    I’m sure that Moses wasn’t the only prophet that was high on drugs. Drugs were my first thought when I first heard of Mohammed’s reaction of running home shaking after his visions.

  11. Sid
    March 13, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    If anyone had ‘dared’ to even ‘think’ something similar about Allah or Muhammad,you can only imagine what would happen…

    Fatwas, Vandalism, Riots . the works…

    No point to make, just an observation

  12. tommy
    March 14, 2008 at 1:11 am

    This is hard to believe. Some acacia species have a low level of a psychedelic called DMT (dimethyltryptamine). DMT is a potent, short-acting hallucinogen chemically similar to psilocybin. DMT cannot be taken orally unless in the presence of an MAO inhibitor like the harmala alkaloids found in ayahuasca vines. (Amazonian natives frequently mix DMT-containing plants with ayahuasca for a synergistic effect. They also occasionally snort powders made from the bark of plants containing DMT — extremely painful.)

    Smoking wasn’t practiced in the Old World (at least as we do it today) until the discovery of tobacco in the Americas. Given that, the only conceivable methods I could think of getting a dose of acacia DMT in the body are these:

    (a) Moses made a huge fire and inhaled the fumes. Some have proposed that the Oracle at Delphi inhaled the fumes of Datura, an intoxicant inducing delerium and hallucinations. This is very speculative. Scopolamine, the active chemical in Datura, is a far more potent (and far more deadly) substance than DMT. This might work for Datura, but you would probably die of smoke inhalation before you got much of a buzz off acacia.

    (b) He made a strong extract of Acacia and mixed it with a plant containing harmala alkaloids. There is one such Old World plant that he could have used: Syrian Rue (Latin name: Peganum harmala, no relation to ordinary Rue). I doubt this scenario as well. Acacias don’t usually contain nearly as much DMT as tropical Amazonian plants do and the smoking or snorting of powders to get DMT or other drugs isn’t a common practice in the pre-Columbian Old World like it was among Indians. Furthermore, there is no evidence that anyone in the Old World understood the mixing of DMT and harmala alkaloid plants. I also don’t know that Syrian Rue grows around the area of Mount Sinai.

    Given all these difficulties, I doubt very much that Acacias were used as a psychedelic substance in any fashion in the ancient Old World.

  13. Anna-A
    March 14, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Cool comment, T
    very interesting.
    Most pharmaceuticals have originated from plants..Isn’t aspirin made from tree bark?
    Cool comment, nonetheless

  14. alex
    November 12, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Why not shrooms? they grow almost everywhere…


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