The Goddess and the Tree

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Regardless of which sacred drug plant may have been symbolized by the apple, it was a controlled substance and eating it resulted in "the first drug bust of pre-history" (according to drug historian M.R.Aldrich), for which Eve has borne the responsibility and blame. Some view the Eden myth as a patriarchal cover-up of suppression of the goddess religion that preceded it. (Palmer Horowitz 1982)

Just as the god Ea-Oannes became the serpent in the Biblical account, so too was the figure of Eve as a initiator a diabolosized view of women and more importantly, the Goddess in the ancient world. "Originally, Eve was not Adam's wife, but his mother; she was not a human, but a goddess; and the outcome was not tragic, but triumphant - after the magic fruit was eaten, Adam himself became a god. (There is still a hint of this in the Genesis version, in which Yahweh says nervously, 'Behold, the man has become one of us {the gods}, to know good and evil') 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 Dementer. (Wilson 1989). The sin that the Biblical "Mother of All", Eve, committed in initiating Adam with the forbidden fruit of knowledge can be compared to that of the Greek hero Prometheus, who disobeyed the God's and brought fire to humanity. "Like Prometheus, Eve acts on her own initiative...transforms human existence: and ...suffers as the result of her gift to humanity." (Frymer-Kensky 1992)

Excerpt from pages 22-23 of Sex, Drugs, Violence, and the Bible by Chris Bennett and Neil Mcqueen

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