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Entheogenic Education: Psychedelics as Tools of Wonder and Awe

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Entheogens (psychoactive substances) are often regarded as failitating the connection between Heaven and Earth.


SHINTOISM

(Japan)

Cannabis is used for the binding together of married couples, to drive away evil spirits, and to create laughter and happiness in marriage.


HINDUISM

(India)

Shiva-Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance brought cannabis from the Himalayas for human enjoyment and enlightenment.

Sadhu Priests (ascetics) 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.



BUDDHISM

(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.



ZOROASTRIANISM

(Persia - now Iran)

At the age of thirty Zoroaster the Persian sat on a river bank during the spring festival smoking cannabis.

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 Asha.

The Zoroastrian religion was practiced between the 8th century BC and the 4th century AD when it was replaced by Catholicism.

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 secular world.

The word "magic" is generally considered derived from the Zoroastrian "Magi". The three "Magi" or Wise Men who attended the birth of Christ were references to the Zoroastrians.



Hellenism

Mysteries of Mithras
(Hellenistic World)

The Mysteries of Mithras was a synthesis of Zorasterianism and Gnostic Mysteries.

The psychoactive effects of cannabis, are subjective and can vary based on the individual.

Some effects may include a general change in consciousness (altered perception), mild euphoria, feelings of well-being, relaxation or stress reduction, lethargy, joviality, enhanced recollection of episodic memory, increased sensuality, increased awareness of sensation, and occasionally environmentally related paranoia, agitation or anxiety.



HEBREWS

(Israel and Judah)

The cannabis plant has an ancient history of ritual usage as a trance-inducing drug and is found in use throughout the world.

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.



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ESSENES

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 Judaism.

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 local events.

The accounts of Josephus and 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.

According to Josephus, the 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.

According to 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".

"A 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



THERAPEUTEA

THERAPEUTEA, from which derives "therapeutic, was a Greek term for Hebrew worshippers of the Hellenistic Egyptian god, Serapis who where also followers of Aesculapius the Healer.

The Essenes 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 the Hellenized population.



SUFISM

(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.

In Islam the use of alcohol is forbidden but the use of hashish is allowed.



COPTIC CHRISTIAN

(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 cannabis.

Elders of the modern religious movement known as the Ethiopian Coptic Church consider cannabis to be the Eucharist, claiming it as an Oral Tradition from Ethiopia dating back to the time of Christ.



BANTUS

(Africa)

The 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."



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RASTAFARIANS

(Jamaica)

Rastafarians use "ganja" as a sacred sacrament to communicate with God (Jah).

"And 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.

"In later 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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Yaqui

Peyote Buttons among the tribes that populated the Chihuahuan Desert through the South Texas Plains, on either side of the middle and lower Rio Grande River, southward to the Mexican state of San Luís Potosí. These groups include the Aztec, Zacateco, Tarascan, Cazcan, Guachichil, Huichol, Lagunero, Tepehuan, Tepecano, Cora, Acaxee, Tamaulipeco, Coahuilteco, Tarahumara, Opata, Akmiel O'odham (Pima), Tohono O'odham (Papago), Yaqui, Jumano, Julimeno, Lipan Apache, Carrizo, Tonkawa, Karankawa, Mescalero Apache, Caddo, Otomi, and Tlascalan (Hrdlickla 1908; Shonle 1925; Stewart 1987). Extensive stands of peyote occur on the low, rocky hills in Starr, Zapata, Webb, and Jim Hogg counties of southern Texas.


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Aztec


Psilocybin mushrooms have been part of human culture as far back as the earliest recorded history.

Ancient paintings of 'mushroomed' humanoids dating to 5,000 B.C. have been found in caves of Northern Algeria.

Central and Southern America cultures built temples to mushroom gods and carved "mushroom stones", dated to as early as 1000-500 B.C.

Psilocybian mushrooms were used in ritual and ceremony among the Aztecs, served with honey or chocolate at some of their holiest events.

The experience of ingestion is typically inwardly oriented, with strong visual and auditory components.

Visions and revelations may be experienced, and the effect can range from exhilarating to distressing.



Evenks


Fly Agaric mushroom among the Evenks of Russia.


Mazatec


Salvia divinorum is native to certain areas in the Sierra Mazateca of Oaxaca, Mexico, where it is still used by the Mazatec Indians, primarily to facilitate shamanic visions in the context of curing or divination.

Shamans crush the leaves to extract leaf juices; they usually mix these juices with water to create an infusion or 'tea' which they drink to induce visions in ritual healing ceremonies.



Quechua


Ayahuasca, "vine of the souls", is a medicinal and spiritual drink incorporating banisteriopsis caapi and psychotria viridis.

An entire medicinal tradition specific to the Amazonas capable of producing profound shamanic effects.

Ayahuasca is mentioned in the writings of some of the earliest missionaries to South America.



Bwiti


Iboga, native to western Central Africa, has a long history of tribal use. The Iboga tree is the central pillar of the Bwiti spiritual practice in West-Central Africa, mainly Gabon, Cameroon and the Republic of the Congo



Artemisia absinthium grows in the temperate regions of Europe, Asia and northern Africa. The religious association with this plant began with its strong association with the Ancient Greek moon goddess Artemis.

It is likely that Alexander the III of Macadonia dies for an overdose of Artemisia absinthium laced wine which was used to keep his epilepsy in check.



Polynesia


Kava, piper methysticum, is still used at social gatherings to commune after work in Polynesia.

It has great religious significance and is used to obtain inspiration.

The effects of the drink (it is also occasionally chewed) are slight tongue and lip numbing; mildly talkative and sociable behavior, clear thinking, calming effects, relaxed muscles, and a very euphoric sense of well-being.



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