(Japan)Cannabis is used for the binding together
of married couples, to drive away evil spirits, and to create laughter and
happiness in marriage.
(India)Shiva-Nataraja, the Lord of the
Dance brought cannabis from the
Himalayas for human enjoyment and enlightenment.
The Sadhu Priests
travel throughout India and the world sharing "chillum" pipes filled with
cannabis, sometimes blended with other substances.
In the Bhagavad-Gita,
Krishna states, "I am the healing herb" (Ch.9:16), while the Bhagarat-Purana
Fifth Canto describes hashish in explicitly sexual terms.
(India, Tibet and China)Buddhists have since the 5th century BC on ritually used
cannabis; initiation rites and mystical
experiences are common in many Chinese Buddhist Sects. Some Tibetan Buddhists
and lamas consider cannabis their most holy plant.
Many Buddhist traditions,
writings, and beliefs indicate that Siddhartha Gautama used and ate nothing but
hemp and its seeds for six years prior to discovering the Four Noble Truths and
the Eightfold Path.
(Persia - now Iran)At the age of thirty Zoroaster the Persian sat on a
river bank during the spring festival.
Zoroaster experienced a
revelation. He saw a shining Being, who revealed himself as Vohu Manah
(Good Purpose) and taught him about Ahura Mazda (Wise Spirit). Zoroaster soon
became aware of the existence of two primal Spirits, the second being Angra
Mainyu (Hostile Spirit), with opposing concepts of Asha (Truth) and Druj (Lie).
Thus did Zoroaster decide to spend his life teaching people to seek
religion was practiced between the 8th century BC and the 4th century AD
when it was replaced by Christianity.
Zoroastrianism was based
on the entire cannabis plant, the chief religious sacrament of its priest
class, and its most important medicine, (e.g., obstetrics, incense rites,
anointing and christening oils), as well as lighting or fire oils in their
The word "magic" is generally considered derived from
the Zoroastrian "Magi." Many Christian scholars hypothesize the three "Magi" or
Wise Men who attended the birth of Christ were cult references to
Mithras was a synthesis of Zorasterianism and
(Israel and Judea)As part of their holy Friday night services in the Temple of
Solomon, men ritually passed around and inhaled from incense burners filled
with kanabosom (cannabis), before returning home for the largest meal of the
week . Rastafarians continue this
ritual to this day.
Gnostic Hebrew cult that penned the Dead Sea Scrolls and inhabited
the settlement at Qumran, a plateau in the Judean Desert along the Dead Sea
from approx. 200 B.C. to 73 A.D. used cannabis religiously.
Historical biblical scholars believe
Jesus broke bread with the Essenes.
Josephus identified the
Essenes as one of the
three major Jewish sects - the Pharisees and the
Sadducees being the
other two at that period of time.
The Pharisees informed future
The Sadducees informed Zionism enhancing and elevating the
ponerological pathology of the "Chosen Ones".
The Essenes were the librarians of the
Dead Sea Scrolls and
the historians of
The accounts of
Philo state that
the Essenes led a strictly
celibate and communal life - often compared by scholars to later Christian
monastic living - although Josephus speaks also of another "rank of Essenes"
that did get married.
Essenes observed collective
ownership, elected a communal leader with law enforcement executive power, were
forbidden from swearing oaths and sacrificing animals,
were charged with controlling their temper and act as channels of peace,
carried weapons only as protection against robbers, had no slaves but served
each other and, as a result of communal ownership, did not engage in trading.
Both Josephus and
Philo have lengthy
accounts of their communal meetings, meals and religious celebrations.
the Dead Sea Scrolls the Essenes' community school at Qumran was called "Yahad"
(meaning "unity") in order to differentiate themselves from the rest of the
Jews who are repeatedly labeled "The Breakers of the Covenant".
branch of the Pharisees who conformed to the most rigid rules of Levitical
purity while aspiring to the highest degree of holiness. They lived solely by
the work of their hands and in a
state of communism, devoted their time to study and devotion and to
the practice of benevolence,
and refrained as far as feasible from conjugal intercourse and sensual
pleasures, in order to be initiated into
the highest mysteries of
heaven." - www.jewishencyclopedia.com
from which derives "therapeutic, was a Greek term for Hebrew worshippers of the
Hellenistic Egyptian god, Serapis who where also followers of
and the Therapeutae worked
to synthesize Hebrew Oral Tradition with Pagan Gnostic traditions of the
Greater Mediterranean to create a
synthetic religion that would be generally understood by
(Middle East)Muslim "mystical" priests who have taught, used and extolled
cannabis for divine revelation, insight and oneness with Allah, for at least
the last 1,000 years.
The mysticism of the Sufi Priests descended from
the synthesis of Gnostic Mysteries with Islam which survived the Muslim
conquests of the 7th and 8th Centuries AD and subsequent conversion (change
your religion and give up liquor or be beheaded).
(Egypt/Ethiopia)Some sects believe the sacred "green herb of the field" in the
Bible and the Biblical secret incenses, sweet incenses and anointing oils to be
Bantus had secret Dagga Cults,* societies which restricted cannabis use to the
ruling men. The Pygmies, Zulus and Hottentots all found it an indispensable
medication for cramps, epilepsy
and gout, and as a religious sacrament.
These "Dagga" cults believed
Holy Cannabis was brought to Earth by the Gods, in particular from the "Two Dog
Star" system that we call Sirius A and B. "Dagga" literally means "cannabis."
Interestingly, the surviving Indo-European word for the plant can also
be read as "canna," "reed" and "bi," "two," as well as "canna," as in canine;
and "bis," meaning two (bi) "Two Dogs."
"ganja" as a sacred sacrament to communicate with God (Jah).
the Earth brought forth grass and herb-yielding seed after its kind and the
tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself after its kind: and God saw that
it was good." Genesis: Chapt. 1: Verse 12
"God makes the Earth yield
healing herbs, which the prudent man should not neglect." Sirach: 38:4
"Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; That which cometh
out of the mouth defileth a man." Jesus, quoted: Matt. 15:11.
times, some shall speak lies in hypocrisy commanding to abstain from that which
God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and
know the truth." Paul: 1 Tim. 4:1
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