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The religious and spiritual use of cannabis has an ancient history of ritual usage as an aid to trance and has been traditionally used in a religious context throughout the Old World. Herodotus wrote about early ceremonial practices by the Scythians, which are thought to have occurred from the 5th to 2nd century BCE. Itinerant sadhus have used it in India for centuries, and in modern times it has been embraced by the Rastafari movement. Anthropologist Sula Benet's evidence was confirmed in 1980 by the Hebrew Institute of Jerusalem that the Holy anointing oil used by the Hebrews to anoint all Priests, and later Kings and Prophets, contained cannabis extracts, "kaneh bosm", and that it is listed as an incense tree in the original Hebrew and Aramaic texts of the Old Testament. The Unction, Seal, laying on of hands, the Counselor, and the Holy Spirit are all often synonymous with the Holy anointing oil. Early Gnostic texts indicate that the Chrism is essential to becoming a "Christian." Some Muslims of the Sufi order have used cannabis as a tool for spiritual exploration.1
This area of mnNORML explores the subject of Cannabis spirituality - how Cannabis is used "Spiritually", by whom and why.
- Religious and spiritual use of cannabis, http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Religious_and_spiritual_use_of_cannabis&oldid=415056361