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View Diary: The entheogenic origins of the Mormon experience (25 comments)

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  •  as you point out not everybody knows what it means (8+ / 0-)

    here's the wikipedia definition which about nails it.

    An entheogen ("generating the divine within")[4] is a psychoactive substance used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual context.[5] Entheogens can supplement many diverse practices for healing, transcendence, and revelation, including: meditation, psychonautics, art projects, and psychedelic therapy.

    Entheogens have been used in a ritualized context for thousands of years; their religious significance is well established in anthropological and modern evidences. Examples of traditional entheogens include: peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, uncured tobacco, cannabis, ayahuasca, Salvia divinorum, Tabernanthe iboga, Ipomoea tricolor, and Amanita muscaria.

    then :
    More broadly, the term entheogen is used to refer to any psychoactive substances when used for their religious or spiritual effects, whether or not in a formal religious or traditional structure. This terminology is often chosen to contrast with recreational use of the same substances.
    ... which is why i did not refer to it using terms normally used referring to recreational "drug" use.

    What substances were used by Joseph Smith is conjecture, but from what I can gather it was Amanita (mushrooms) and/or Datura and/or other plant based substances

    •  Oof, those aren't the kindest of entheogens (0+ / 0-)

      Amanita and Datura are very toxic. Plus, they have an incredible natural variance in potency.  Let me just point out, unless you are an absolute expert in their use, DON'T. To paraphrase the South Park Ski Instructor, if you try Amanita or Datura, you're gonna have a bad time.

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