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TOTD 27 Aug 2001

The forbidden plant and its temptations are older than Eden, go back further even than we do. So too the promise, or threat, that forbidden plants have always made to the creature who would taste them--the promise, that is, of knowledge and the threat of mortality. If it sounds as if I'm speaking metaphorically about forbidden plants and knowledge, I don't mean to. In fact, I'm no longer so sure the author of Genesis was, either.

-Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World

Originally, the outcome of the Eden myth was not tragic, but triumphant. The serpent brought wisdom, and after the magic fruit was eaten, Adam himself became a god. What was originally involved was probably a psychedelic sacrament, like the Elusian festival in Athens, in which the worshipper ate certain hallucinogenic foods and became one with the Mother Goddess Demeter.

Like the Tree of Life, the Tree of Knowledge was a symbol associated with the Goddess. The rites associated with her worship were designed to induce a consciousness open to the revelation of divine or mystical truths. In these rites cannabis and other magical plants were used, and women officiated as priestesses.

-Chris Bennet, Marijuana and the Goddess

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uzume
Aug. 27th, 2001 11:49 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I really like these, thanks!
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