Forbidden fruit

Forbidden fruit

[The interesting thing about the frescoes adorning the walls of Plaincourault Abbey is that the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil from the Garden of Eden, the very fruit of which opened our eyes and got us kicked out of that same garden, is represented as a psychoactive Amanita muscaria mushroom, suggesting that both the mushroom was a sacrament of the early (at least middle aged) church and that the religions of Abraham stem from early humans getting stoned and having transforming experiences that made humans what we are today. Is it possible that we owe our development as a species to hallucinogens? And if that were the case, or even seemed possible, what does it say that such substances have been so thoroughly demonized throughout the world? Are we being protected or prevented? Faust would surely have explored them, despite the prohibition of God and man, but what would he have concluded?]

From Wikipedia:

“Plaincourault Chapel is a 12th-century chapel of the Knights Hospitaller in Mérigny, Indre, France. The structure, which is located next to the Château de Plaincourault, suffered extensive damage during the French Revolution and was abandoned in 1793. It was declared a historical monument in 1944, but was not restored until the Parc naturel régional de la Brenne took ownership of the property in 1994. The chapel is famous for its unusual Romanesque art, particularly its Christian frescoes. As part of the Château de Plaincourault complex, it is designated by the French Ministry of Culture as a monument historique.”

Adam & Eve fresco (12th c+), Plaincourault Abbey, Indre, France.

[The Tree of Wisdom represented as psychoactive mushroom Amanita muscaria. Adam and Eve hide their nakedness (begging the question—if we all go naked will God be happy again? We say yes.)]


Also see:
John M. Allegro. The Sacred Mushroom & the Cross, 1970

[Apparently Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden so they wouldn’t get their hands on the fruit of the Tree of Life, gain immortality, and become “like gods.” Cherubim (plural of cherub) were stationed to prevent Adam and Eve from sneaking back in again. If the original “trees” were psychoactive drugs, then today’s police forces are taking on the role of the original cherubim.

Incidentally, these cherubs were not the fat little babies seen in art. Those are properly called putti.

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