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Plants and Their Religious Uses A Sacred Connection I Abstract From the time of the Old Testament to our modern age plants have been utilized for a wide variety of uses One such use is the usage of plants for religious purposes Such applications include their use in Christian and Jewish tradition medicine superstition Shamanism and magic From the Hebrews to the Egyptians from Priests to modern Shaman a wide variety of peoples have used an even wider assortment of plants such as herbs flowers and trees for tribal spiritual and supernatural purposes The history of plants consideration as religious or spiritual beings is uncertain Many of the ideas that have formed such a view appear to stem from superstition and the belief that there is something bigger controlling the universe Whether God divine spirit or loa man has tried for centuries to define the undefinable the question to reign many religions has been Who- or what- is controlling our universe and our lives The attempt to bring the immeasurable down to a size we as humans can understand has resulted in the apparent deistic andor theistic nature of plants The purpose of this paper is to introduce the reader to the world of plants and their sacred and mystical power over people and nations from the dawn of history II The Bible One of the greatest areas in which plants have taken on a religious andor spiritually symbolic role is in the Bible Many of the plants and herbs used for medicinal purposes have religious histories tracing back to this book According to stories from the Bible God gave His Chosen People the people of Israel a wide range of plants that could be used for their healing capabilities Besides these the Bible lists several other herbs used for medicine Crushed Coriander seeds could be used to relieve dizziness when inhaled Cucumber was used
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