The Mystery of Manna

The Psychedelic Sacrament of the Bible
By (author) Dan Merkur, Ph.D.

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The Mystery of Manna
The Psychedelic Sacrament of the Bible
By (author) Dan Merkur, Ph.D.

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Pages : 192

Book Size : 6 x 9

ISBN-13 : 9780892817726

Imprint : Park Street Press

On Sale Date : November 01, 1999

Format : Paperback Book

Moses told the Israelites that after eating manna they would see the glory of God. And indeed they did. Dan Merkur posits that this event was an initiation into a psychedelic mystery cult that induced spiritual visions through eating bread containing psychoactive fungus. This practice, he reveals, was a continuation of an ancient tradition of visionary mysticism.
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About The Mystery of Manna


• Compelling evidence that the early Jews and Christians used psychedelics as part of their religious rites.


• Reveals the Bible's disguised references to this tradition and traces knowledge of this secret to the gnostics, masons, kabbalists, and the legends of the Holy Grail.


• Explores the idea that psychedelics have played a role in nearly all religious traditions.


When Moses fed manna to the Israelites, he told them that after eating the miraculous bread they would see the glory of God. And indeed they did: "They looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of Yahveh appeared in a cloud." In The Mystery of Manna, religious historian Dan Merkur provides compelling evidence that this was the Israelites' initiation into a psychedelic mystery cult that induced spiritual visions through bread containing ergot--a psychoactive fungus containing the same chemicals from which LSD is made.

Citing biblical material, as well as later Jewish and Christian writings, Merkur reveals the existence of an unbroken tradition of Western psychedelic sacraments, from Moses and manna to Jesus and the Eucharist. Most important, Merkur shows that this was not a heretical tradition, but instead part of a normal, Bible-based spirituality, a continuation of the ancient tradition of visionary mysticism. Even when this practice became unacceptable to the religious orthodoxy, it was perpetuated in secret by gnostics, masons, and kabbalists, as well as through the legends of the Holy Grail. Merkur traces a long line of historical figures who knew of manna's secret but dared only make cryptic references to it for fear of persecution. The Mystery of Manna is the strongest contribution yet to our growing realization that, contrary to popular belief, psychedelics and religion have always gone hand in hand.

Table of Contents

Table of content


Preface

1. Manna and the Showbread
2. Knowledge of Good and Evil
3. Philo of Alexandria
4. Manna and the Eucharist
5. Rabbinic Midrash
6. Pseudo-Hierotheos
7. Medieval Rabbinic Authorities
8. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
9. The Holy Grail
10. The Kabbalah

Epilogue

Appendix: The Belief-Legend

Notes

Index of Biblical Citations

General Index
Author Bio
Dan Merkur, Ph.D., has taught at Syracuse University and Auburn Theological Seminary. His research focuses on the varieties of religious experience in historical, cross-cultural, and psychoanalytical perspectives. He is the author of many books, including Powers Which We Do Not Know, Gnosis, and The Ecstatic Imagination. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Book Praise

"While the topic is definitely hot and very debatable, Merkur has well researched it and presents his material in a highly readable manner. A nice introduction to this controversial subject."
Institute for Hermetic Studies, March 2006
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RELIGION / PSYCHEDELICS / HISTORY

WHEN MOSES FED MANNA to the Israelites, he told them that after eating the miraculous bread they would see the glory of God. And indeed they did: “They looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of Yahveh appeared in a cloud.” In The Mystery of Manna, religious historian Dan Merkur provides compelling evidence that this was the Israelites’ initiation into a psychedelic mystery cult that induced spiritual visions through bread containing ergot--a psychoactive fungus containing the same chemicals from which LSD is made.

Citing biblical material, as well as later Jewish and Christian writings, Merkur reveals the existence of an unbroken tradition of Western psychedelic sacraments, from Moses and manna to Jesus and the Eucharist. Most important, Merkur shows that this was not a heretical tradition, but instead part of a normal, Bible-based spirituality, a continuation of the ancient tradition of visionary mysticism. Even when this practice became unacceptable to the religious orthodoxy, it was perpetuated in secret by gnostics, masons, and kabbalists, as well as through the legends of the Holy Grail. Merkur traces a long line of historical figures who knew of manna’s secret but dared only make cryptic references to it for fear of persecution. The Mystery of Manna is the strongest contribution yet to our growing realization that, contrary to popular belief, psychedelics and religion have always gone hand in hand.

DAN MERKUR, Ph.D., has taught at Syracuse University and Auburn Theological Seminary. His research focuses on the varieties of religious experience in historical, cross-cultural, and psychoanalytical perspectives. He is the author of many books, including Powers Which We Do Not Know, Gnosis, and The Ecstatic Imagination. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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