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Cannabis residue on artefacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel. Archaeologists say it provides the first evidence of the use of hallucinogens in Judaism. Photograph: Laura Lachman/AP

Cannabis residue on artefacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel. Archaeologists say it provides the first evidence of the use of hallucinogens in Judaism. Photograph: Laura Lachman/AP


Archaeologists say find at Israeli excavation offers first proof of mind-altering substances being used in Judaism


Israeli archaeologists say they’ve found cannabis residue on artefacts from an ancient temple in southern Israel providing the first evidence of the use of hallucinogenics in the ancient Jewish religion.


In a research paper, the authors say the discovery from an eighth-century BC shrine at Tel Arad offers the first proof for the use of mind-altering substances as part of cultic rituals in Judah, including the first Jewish Temple that stood in Jerusalem at the same time.


In the 1960s, archaeological excavations at Tel Arad, around 60km (35 miles) south of Jerusalem, discovered a stronghold belonging to the ancient kingdom of Judah, and at its core a small shrine bearing striking similarities to the biblical Temple in Jerusalem.


But for decades, attempts to determine the composition of black deposits found on two limestone altars from the shrine’s inner sanctum now located at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem were inconclusive.


Chemical analysis of the samples conducted at Israel’s Hebrew University and Technion Institute found that one altar contained the psychoactive compounds found in marijuana, and the other had traces of frankincense – one of the ingredients mentioned in the Bible for the incense sacrifice in the ancient Jewish Temples, the authors wrote.


The researchers published their findings in the academic journal, Tel Aviv: Journal of the Institute of Archaeology of Tel Aviv University.


Eran Arie, curator of Iron Age archaeology at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and lead author of the study, said the discovery was revolutionary, as it was the earliest evidence of cannabis use in the ancient region and the first time we have seen psychoactive substances in Judahite religion.


The absence of cannabis pollen or seeds from the area in ancient times indicates the cannabis was likely imported over long distance trade routes, possibly in the form of resin, known colloquially as hashish. The chemical analysis from the Tel Arad altar showed it was burned atop dried animal dung.


The official state religion of the kingdom of Judah was using this substance, Arie said.


Because of the site’s clear connection to the monarchy, he suggests it could point to how worship was conducted in the biblical Temple in Jerusalem.

Associated Press

*Merci Weldon




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Diableries et ensorcellements


La prochaine séance du séminaire mensuel du Centre de recherche interuniversitaire en sociocritique des textes (CRIST) aura lieu le vendredi 27 mars 2020 à 14h au J-4935 (UQAM) et aura pour thème «Diableries et ensorcellements».




  • Invitation à Martin Hervé (Université du Québec à Montréal) : « L’autre scène de Loudun : l’enfer intérieur »
  • Invitation à Éric Debacq (Université de Montréal) : « Personnage de comédie baroque ou vrai possédé du diable : le ‘sorcier’ innu dans les Relations de Paul Lejeune (1632-1642) »


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Antique Paper & Esoteric Objects

Ruins Rider is part of an ongoing archeology project involving extensive research in lost civilisations


Upcoming screenings of raw energy :

  • Cinémathèque québécoise (Montreal, Canada)
    19, 20, 25 & 27 September 2017
  • Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival (Harstad, Norway)
    19-22 October 2017
  • Forma Free Music Impulse Festival di Arti Elettroniche (Udine, Italy)
    program w/ Ryoji Ikeda, Cellule d’Intervention Metamkine, etc.
    2-4 November 2017

Ruins Rider
Directed by PIERRE-LUC VAILLANCOURT. Original music by MARC HURTADO.
2017 / 49 minutes

Filmed in the lost territories of the Balkans, Ruins Rider portrays the secret ruins that triggered trances over the past centuries. Using an array of hypnotic pulsating flickers, filmmaker PIERRE-LUC VAILLANCOURT conceived an explosive kinetic experience. Accompanied by a powerful soundtrack by MARC HURTADO of the cult project Étant Donnés, Ruins Rider is a visceral experience of hypnagogic archeology and raw energy.



Images tirées de Ruins Rider (2016) de PIERRE-LUC VAILLANCOURT

“Remarkable, invigorating and immersive work. A deeply committed and brilliantly hypnotic film. Powerful.”

“Ruins Rider is marked as the most powerful of the films that I have seen. It’s a real subject explored with great energy using the new art of the computer to great effect and viscerally stimulating. There is history and ideas and technological wizardry.”

“For Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt this is an attempt to inject a convulsive barbarization, or a self-barbarization as Alain Brossat calls it, into the anesthetized social body in order to jolt it with a reviving electroshock.”

“Mover-and-shaker Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt treated us to a night of his curated film showings at San Francisco Cinematheque. His goal is to “push the envelope” and we think he succeeded!”


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Alban Eifed, Cornucopia, Feast of Kyriat, Festival of Dionysus, Équinoxe d’Automne MMXVI (September 22, 2016)

Were Early Christians Tripping on Mushrooms?


Jerry Brown, PhD, author of Psychedelic Gospels, joins us to talk about psychedelic mushrooms in early Christian society. We hear about the evidence for psychedelic use that exists in Christian art, and how the Inquisition could have resulted in the destruction of these psychedelic traditions. Jerry also shares his vision of a future with freedom to practice psychedelic use as part of our basic religious rights.


  • The Amanita muscaria mushroom was used by Siberian nomads and its use spread to early Christianity
  • Use of psychedelic mushrooms was probably targeted by the Inquisition
  • Amanita muscaria is the most likely identity of the ‘soma’ mentioned in many ancient texts.

Jerry was professor of anthropology at Florida International University for the past 39 years, and ran a course entitled “Hallucinogens and Culture.” Unsurprisingly, his classes were always popular.

Jerry’s course covered the indigenous use of psychedelic plants, including Amanita muscaria; the famous fly agaric mushroom. This red and white-spotted mushroom was used mostly by Siberian nomads, who noticed their reindeer acting strangely after eating the mushrooms.

It was on a visit to Scotland that Jerry and his wife Julie became interested in how psychedelic mushrooms might have been used in Christian tradition. Upon seeing the famous Amanita muscaria mushroom engraved upon fertility symbols in Rosslyn Chapel, Jerry and Julie set out across the world to discover how deeply psychedelic mushrooms were set in Christian art.

They found symbols of psychedelic mushrooms spread throughout Europe and India, as far back as 300AD and throughout the Middle Ages. There’s evidence to suggest that both Amanita muscaria and Psilocybin mushrooms were used in secret rituals throughout Christianity.

During the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, herbal medicines and midwifery were clamped down on, and treated as witchcraft. It’s believed that the Inquisition was a large factor in the gradual decline of psychedelic symbols from Christian art.

Jerry hopes that we won’t see another Inquisition-style crackdown on psychedelic ritual. He envisions modern psychedelic centers, where anyone can go to explore psychedelics in the presence of trained guides. He thinks that this time, a psychedelic renaissance is unstoppable.


Jerry and Julie’s book, The Psychedelic Gospels.
Soma by Gordon Wasson – investigating a mythical and mysterious psychedelic found in many ancient cultures.
Food of the Gods by Terence McKenna – looking at psychedelic plants and their usage throughout human history.
The Road to Eleusis by Gordon Wasson – unveiling the secretive psychedelic rituals of ancient Greece.



Moses Was Tripping, And Other Scientific Explanations For Biblical Miracles

CARA GIAIMO, Atlas Obscura, September 25, 2015

Thomas Jefferson was a great fan of Jesus. The author of the Declaration of Independence called the Son of God “the greatest of all the Reformers,” a font of “eloquence and fine imagination,” and the author of “a system of the most sublime morality which has ever fallen from the lips of man.” He wrote of him often, and tried to keep his teachings in mind.

But there was one catch—Jefferson didn’t think Jesus was the son of God. Indeed, he didn’t believe in miracles at all. So for a couple of evenings in February of 1804, after he had gone through the day’s papers and correspondence, the then-President kicked back in the White House, pulled out a razor and some glue, and did something out of a Congressional Republican’s worst nightmare: he cut the parts he didn’t like out of the New Testament, and stuck the parts he did like together again.

The resulting Frankenbook—now known as the Jefferson Bible — “abstracts what is really [Jesus’] from the rubbish in which it is buried,” Jefferson explained 15 years later in a letter to his secretary, William Short. That rubbish included the concept of the Trinity (which he called “mere Abracadabra”) immaculate conception (which he predicted would someday be “classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter”), and nearly everything else with a hint of hocus-pocus. “If necessary to exclude the miraculous, Jefferson would cut the text even in mid-verse,” biographer Peter S. Onuf writes in Jeffersonian Legacies. His was a Bible without prophecy, resurrection, or infinite loaves and fishes; a Bible where angels feared to tread. It was only 46 pages long.

Jefferson was not the first faithful, rational person perplexed by miracles. For as long as the law of scripture has bumped up against the laws of physics, theologians, philosophers and scientists have looked for ways to reconcile the two. But in recent years, some researchers have taken things a step further. Armed with improving technology, a willingness to wade through incompatible fields, and, often, great personal conviction, they have set out to scientifically explain the definitively inexplicable. (…)


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"The production of nervous force is directly connected with the diet of an individual, and its refining depends on the very purity of this diet, allied to appropriate breathing exercises.

The diet most calculated to act effectively on the nervous force is that which contains the least quantity of animal matter; therefore the Pythagorean diet, in this connection, is the most suitable.


The main object was to avoid introducing into the organism what Descartes called 'animal spirits'. Thus, all animals that had to serve for the nourishment of the priests were slaughtered according to special rites, they were not murdered, as is the case nowadays".