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Publisher: Park Street Press (November 1, 1999)
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• Compelling proof that the early Jews and Christians used psychedelics as a part of their non secular rites.• unearths the Bible's disguised references to this practice and lines wisdom of this mystery to the gnostics, masons, kabbalists, and the legends of the Holy Grail. • Explores the concept psychedelics have performed a job in approximately all spiritual traditions.When Moses fed manna to the Israelites, he advised them that when consuming the excellent bread they might see the distinction of God. And certainly they did: "They appeared towards the wasteland, and behold, the distinction of Yahveh seemed in a cloud." within the secret of Manna, spiritual historian Dan Merkur offers compelling facts that this was once the Israelites' initiation right into a psychedelic secret cult that brought on non secular visions via bread containing ergot--a psychoactive fungus containing a similar chemical compounds from which LSD is made. bringing up biblical fabric, in addition to later Jewish and Christian writings, Merkur finds the lifestyles of an unbroken culture of Western psychedelic sacraments, from Moses and manna to Jesus and the Eucharist. most crucial, Merkur exhibits that this used to be now not a heretical culture, yet as a substitute a part of an ordinary, Bible-based spirituality, a continuation of the traditional culture of visionary mysticism. even if this tradition grew to become unacceptable to the non secular orthodoxy, it was once perpetuated in mystery via gnostics, masons, and kabbalists, in addition to in the course of the legends of the Holy Grail. Merkur strains an extended line of ancient figures who knew of manna's mystery yet dared basically make cryptic references to it for worry of persecution. The secret of Manna is the most powerful contribution but to our becoming awareness that, opposite to renowned trust, psychedelics and faith have continually long past hand in hand.