Beloved Idren.. nice reasonings everyone
JAHcub I wasnt aware of that, the Bobo Ashanti avoiding garlic and onion. Curious about that because I really felt I saw Priest Kailash cooking with some garlic, but maybe I'm wrong. Interested to know why. I've heard some say that eating food from under the ground brings a low vibration, so they dont eat any roots including onions, potatoes, etc. I've also heard some say that if you eat food from a vine your mind will wander like the vine wanders everywhere. I don't really believe any of that... could be wrong but I have not seen the evidence of that.
Cedric, I thought about that too, as a reason not to eat grapes, that they might use it as a loophole to get drunk. But then why the grape leaves? As far as I know, grape leaves don't make wine. Yet it's clear, no grape nothing at all, at all, at all.
The scripture in english says "anything from the vine tree." So that might refer to tomatoes, right? But in Hebrew, it refers specifically to the wine vine, it says מ;ִ;ג;ּ;ֶ;פ;ֶ;ן; ה;ַ;י;ּ;ַ;י;ִ;ן; which means, the wine vine. So I think it's referring there to the grape vine specifically, and not tomato vine or squash or melon or any other vine fruit. Again I might be wrong, but looking at the Hebrew I interpret this as meaning only the grape.
I think it's perfectly plausible that ancient cultures were able to practice genetic splicing in a laboratory. Prehistory is very murky, there are all kinds of myths that probably stem from reality and down the centuries people have come to believe them to be myth when they were really true stories. The story of Atlantis, the story of the Bahagavad Gita. There are people who suspect that Noah's Ark was really a genetic bank, because there is no physical way to house and feed and support that many live animals on a boat of that size. There was a lot going on thousands of years ago that we don't overstand right now. Maybe these things will come to be known in our future. But from looking at the big picture, I think it's very possible for ancient people to have had those technologies.
Regardless, there are some who even say that selective breeding or hybrid plants are not good for consumption. Dr Sebi advised against hybrid plants like carrots. So even if it was not GMO, even if it was selective breeding, there is still a case there to say maybe it was not the healthiest choice to eat any grapes products at all.
All of this, though, still debates the nazarite vow and how to carry it out, which is not even a necessity as far as Rastafari goes, because the whole rest of the vow, about sacrificing pidgeons and lambs, burning their hair at the end of the vow- Rasta don't do that. So why fulfill half of the vow and not the other half? It makes more sense to me that I&I live in healthy natural ways regardless of what the Torah says.