I have always been fascinated by the story of Genesis. In the beginning, as an Atheist, I did not understand why people took seriously what appeared to me to be not much more than a folkloric myth.
It was only years later, travelling through Africa that I had the opportunity to contemplate more deeply this story and these are the ideas I developed at the time whilst under the influence of Cannabis.
My fascination with this story resulted in me analysing these symbolisms and it seemed as though their true meaning revealed itself to me.
One of the interpretations of the Adam and Eve story being ejected from the Garden of Eden _I would like to place the story within the context of Child Development _
Children grow up from a position of being utterly dependent on their parents for protection, love and sustenance through puberty into adulthood and independence.
The garden of Eden represents the home they grow up in and their parents are like God to them. I know mine were up to the age of 13.
Children at a certain point go through puberty, they discover their sexual attraction to the opposite sex. Represented by the Apple.
"Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; "
This is the point at which they leave home, separate from their parents and start an independent life together.
"By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken"
As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it
The metaphorical meaning of these stories is however only revealed to me under the influence of Cannabis. This might be the reason many believe religion and drugs might have a very strong connection.
As you may have noticed I take it completely out of its religious context.
I also have other interpretations of this story. But then placed in an Cultural Historical context.
You may also notice I am not very scholarly. My ideas do not come from books but contemplation.