(Japan)Cannabis is used for the binding together of married
couples, to drive away evil spirits, and to create laughter and happiness in
(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,
the Buddha himself, 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)The Zoroastrian 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 secular world.
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 the
(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 . The Therapeutea
continue this ritual to this day.
Mysteries of Mithras was a
synthesis of Zorasterianism and Gnostic
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.
Many historical biblical scholars believe that Jesus of
Nazareth 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
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.
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
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".
"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
from which derives "therapeutic, was a Greek term for Hebrew worshippers of the
Hellenistic Egyptian god, Serapis who where also followers of
Asclepius the Healer.
The Essenes and the
Therapeutea 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
(Jamaica)Rastafarians use "ganja" as a sacred sacrament to communicate with
"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
makes the Earth yield healing herbs, which the prudent man should not neglect."
"Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; That
which cometh out of the mouth defileth a man." Jesus, quoted: Matt.
"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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