[identity profile] vonjunzt.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] ethnobotanpharm
I'm surprised no one has posted here yet about the news stories that Moses was high on Sinai. There've been conversations about in anthropologist and in weirdjews. Someone in [livejournal.com profile] anthropologist even dug up Benny Shanon's paper the news story was based on, which is available here.

Personally I'm skeptical. It'd be a very big deal if the Biblical authors just didn't mention that prophets had to be high before they had their visions. In fact, the Bible hints otherwise, since so many prophets (including Moses) are just going about their daily business and are surprised when God suddenly speaks to them.

Has anyone tried Peganum harmala or acacia in the way Shanon suggests Moses did?
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