April 15th, 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and well-known investigator Steven Hager cracked the case wide open with his mind-blowing book Killing Lincoln: The Real Story.
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Why was President Abraham Lincoln left unguarded when the War Department knew there were serious plots against him? Why was John Wilkes Booth killed when he was discovered locked inside a tobacco barn and surrounded by 25 soldiers? Why were two innocents swiftly hanged by a military tribunal and not allowed to testify in their own defense?
In 1988 Steven Hager wrote a cover story for High Times magazine detailing CIA involvement in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was an explosive best-selling issue and the article went viral in the early days of the Internet. Judge Jim Garrison, the only prosecutor to investigate the case, cited it as “the best article written on the assassination.”
In February 2014, Hager watched The Conspirator, a film about Mary Surratt’s trial. Realizing the 150th anniversary was upon us, he began researching the murder full-time for 11 months before writing Killing Lincoln: The Real Story.
The book documents dozens of incriminating threads of evidence that have been swept out-of-view, especially the original confession of George Atzerodt, as well as the John Wilkes Booth diary fragments. He pays special attention to the suspicious behavior of some of the major power brokers in Washington DC, and his investigation extends into New York City, a major piece of the puzzle that has been historically ignored as it leads into the heart of Wall Street war profiteering.
Most Americans are not aware Congress held an investigation after it was revealed the original military tribunal that hanged four people had been packed with paid perjuries. There was only one Democrat on the Judiciary Committee placed in charge of the investigation, but rather than rubber stamp a bogus committee whitewash, Representative Andrew Rogers subjected the witnesses to serious cross examination and they wilted. A physician named Dr. Merritt admitted receiving the biggest bribe ($6,000) for his testimony.
Only a handful of scholars have shown any interest in this Congressional investigation, which sheds so much light on the plot, and the Lincoln assassination is clouded by faithful allegiance to the official story.
“The cool turpitude of the whole crew sickened me with shame,” wrote Rogers in his dissenting statement, “and made me sorrow over the fact that such people could claim the name American.”
Aristophanes was the Neil Simon of ancient Greece, famous for writing comedies lampooning the historical figures of his day. Students of theater and classics read at least one of his plays during freshman year.
Dr. Carl Ruck introduced the idea of Socrates being a stoner, as evidenced by The Clouds, Aristophanes’ parody of the famous philospher. Plato felt this play contributed to the climate of mistrust that resulted in Socrates being put on trial for corrupting youth and introducing new deities, a trial that condemned him to death.
Since I’d never heard mention of a cannabis connection to Socrates, I had to revisit the play to check it out for myself. Initially, Socrates flies in from above seated in a basket that apparently has the magic ability to float as if suspended from a balloon.
“I’d never come up with a single celestial idea if I didn’t suspend my mind up high,” explains Socrates. Whenever he needs creative inspiration, he calls on his clouds to gather around him.
“They’re the only deities we have—the rest is just so much hocus pocus,” he explains. “They’re heavenly clouds, goddesses for lazy men—from them we get our thought, our powers of speech, our comprehension, our gift for fantasy and endless talk, our power to strike responsive chords in speech and then rebut opponent’s arguments.”
After being introduced to these clouds, Strepsiades says: “….having heard their voice, my soul is aflutter and already desires to argue trivialities and quibble obsessively about smoke (kapnos).”
So are the clouds of Aristophanes really a sly reference to clouds of marijuana smoke? It seems not only possible, but likely. Aristophanes was a conservative, or maybe he just made fun of new ideas because his audience was conservative, but he seems to have used the phrase “man of smoke” in several plays as a put-down. Usually, it’s translated as “one who talks big but delivers little,” but after hearing Dr. Ruck’s interpretation, I have to wonder if “man of smoke” wasn’t Aristophanes’ version of “stupid stoner.”
When writing first appeared in Egypt, it was associated with a goddess named Seshat, who was represented by a seven-pointed leaf under what appears to be an overturned caldron, but is apparently a set of inverted horns. It’s bizarre that websites all over the Internet claim no one knows what a seven-pointed leaf represents, just like no one has any clue what an inspirational burning bush might represent.
In fact, in ancient times, a seven-pointed star was known as a Star of the Magi and the Magi were Zoroastrian priests who used haoma as a medicine and a sacrament. The history books tell you haoma is a reference to calamus or ephedra, even though the word “magi” is derived from the Chinese word for marijuana, same as magic and shaman.
The reason Seshat may be so closely associated with cannabis, however, may have something to do with hemp. Hemp rope was apparently used as the primary measuring tool in ancient Egypt, and writing may have first manifested as a form of proof of property ownership.
Isis was the Egyptian goddess of magic, and became the most popular goddess throughout Europe for centuries, famous for bringing one of her children back to life from the dead. But when Isis needed a potion for this, she called on Seshat, goddess of the seven points, which leads me to believe cannabis was part of that magic potion.
And regarding those so-called “inverted horns” above the logo of Seshat, I have to wonder if those might not be two scythes used to harvest cannabis.
In the world’s oldest living religion, Indra is the red Lord of the Heavens who rides a white elephant—which is considerably more imposing than the pale horse from Revelations. Indra’s primary weapon is the lightning bolt and he was once a great warrior, but has become prone to drinking Soma and is often quite intoxicated as a result. The goddess Sarama makes a brief appearance in the Rig Veda when she helps Indra recover some cows stolen by Panis, a reference to a nearby Scythian tribe located in ancient Afghanistan.
Indra is the equivalent of Zeus in Greek mythology, which means the fleet-foot Sarama is Hermes, yet there’s no early image of Sarama anywhere, which seems strange for Vedic tradition. She later morphs into the “bitch of the gods” and becomes associated with dogs and hunting, but I believe she was originally a version of Sophia, the first thought of the One, who played a big role in the Gnostic tradition. In my personal cosmology Sophia represents telepathic energy, something we know exists through a phenomenon called “contact high.”
Hermes is the fastest moving god as well as the interpreter and communicator between realms. He was also a notorious prankster who could trick the other gods for the benefit of humans. He was symbolized as Venus with two wings sprouting from the sides of his helmet. I wonder how he morphed from a woman into a man, and instead of helping round up stolen cattle, suddenly Hermes is stealing Apollo’s cows in the Greek version. But then many Hindu gods seem a bit gender-confused, and Krishna looks female in many representations. The origins of Hermes can be found in Scythia, where man and goat were merged to create Pan.
Hermes is particularly important because the myths of Homer were built upon the legend of Hermes, as Odysseus was a direct descendent.
In his voyages, Odysseus learns the magic of many different psychoactive plants and substances, and even though the most obvious magic plants are probably the ones still most popular today (cannabis, poppies), one wonders why confusion still reigns over their identities. (They didn’t have coca leaf in ancient Judea, but used ephedra as the speed fix.)
I have to wonder if poor Hermes wasn’t part of the devil project manufactured by Rome. The devil became a dialectical magic show. Hermes was the god sent down to the underworld to report on that scene, and it’s interesting the devil ended up holding a trident, which was Shiva’s symbol, and later Neptune’s.
This is how sorcerers work: stealing and twisting symbols that resonate in the subconscious.
Homer describes many magic plants in the Odyssey, as well as the ingredients for the sacrament of the Eleusinian Mysteries known as Kykeon: wine, barley and goat-cheese. Later descriptions add penny-royal and honey to the caldron.
Now the secret ingredients of the Kykeon was the most closely-guarded secret in Greece, and some say Socrates was forced to commit suicide because he refused induction into the secret society while using the sacraments himself. All the inductees had to swear an oath to keep the secrets.
Since Homer was recited at every major public event, if you believe the story told today, the secret of the Kykeon was never any secret at all!
Unless, of course, Homer’s description was a diversion, which of course it was. Pennyroyal is an herb that induces abortion, and the Kykeon was shared by all.
According to Gordon Wasson, the Kykeon was made from mushrooms. So we know that must be a rabbit hole, because just about everything Wasson said about soma turned out to be a blatant lie. I find it hilarious many people are mixing wine, barley, and cheese and drinking that concoction believing they are partaking some magic brew. I fear this is a delusion on their part, not to mention the combination sounds disgusting.
I’m fairly convinced the Kykeon was non-alcoholic simply because the inductees into the society were considered among the best behaved people in Athens, known for the elegance in speech, awareness of current affairs, artistic talents and sober public behavior. But I also realize all the best musicians and performers would have been VIPs of the society, and many of them are positively Dionysian in their worship of fire water.
The real origins of Hermes lie in the Scythian *Péh2usōn, a pastoral deity, based on the Greek god Pan and the Vedic god Pūshān. Both deities are closely affiliated with goats and were worshipped as pastoral deities. The minor discrepancies between the two deities can be easily explained by the possibility that many attributes originally associated with Pan may have been transferred over to his father Hermes. The association between Pan and Pūshān was first identified in 1924 by the German scholar Hermann Collitz.
There’s a long passage in Exodus explaining how Moses made it through forty days in the desert while on the edge of starvation. Through the power of the Lord, a new food was delivered magically to Moses called manna.
The descriptions of this food are poetic and symbolic and somewhat contradictory. Apparently, manna was all things to all people, and tasted like honey to kids, and meat to adults, and bread to the elderly. Terrence McKenna was the first to theorize manna was a mushroom. When is the last time you heard of someone surviving on mushrooms? It’s well known, however, that the Russian peasants survived on cannabis seed in times of famine for millennia.
First, there was no exodus out of Egypt. That was a revenge fantasy created to give courage while the Jews were slaves for Babylon. (If there had been a massive exodus, the physical evidence would have been discovered long ago. The exodus is never mentioned in Egyptian history, which is quite extensive.)
The history of the Jews was not recorded until they had been annexed by Babylon and it’s obvious Moses was simply a Jewish update on Zoroaster. Both go to the top of the smokey mountain, meet the burning bush, and bring back the official laws of the one true god. The Moses myth was shaped immediately after Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon. Cyrus not only freed the enslaved Jews, he gave them permission and funds to rebuild Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem. In gratitude is it any wonder many Zoroastrian elements were absorbed into Judaism?
The reason you add magical elements to myth is to provide the necessary sense of enchantment needed to penetrate and elevate the psyche. The evolution of religion was a complex process that built new layers on top of older concepts. Religion began as the fulcrum for convincing the population to go along with wars of conquest, and in many religions, this primary role remains untouched. First, a priest anointed some rich person king, and then the king anointed the priest pope. And then the pope gave the king permission to conduct holy war against the designated scapegoats, whose property could then be seized and divided between the king and pope. It was the original mutual-admiration society for profit.
At some point, cannabis was disappeared from all religious history, even though it had served as the principle sacrament for numerous religions for over a thousand years. An inconvenient truth is that soma and haoma are bhang.
We don’t know why cannabis was removed from history, but they couldn’t eradicate all references in the ancient texts because the burning bush and holy anointing oil all were referenced throughout. But they were able to completely obscure the truth. The disappearing act seems to have started when Constantine erased Mani and replaced him with a Jesus of his own devising.
In the 1990s archaeologists discovered a kilo of cannabis flowers inside a 2,500 year-old burial tomb in the Tarim Basin in northwest China. Clothing in the tomb was woolen and flax, and the rope and baskets were fashioned out of leather, not hemp. This means the plant was being harvested for medicinal purposes only.
Wu is the Chinese term for medicine man, and symbolized by a cross, usually worn on the forehead. The earliest Chinese shamans were mostly women who employed hu ma as their primary medicine. Hu ma is a reference to cannabis indica, introduced to the Chinese by the Scythians who arrived via the highway to China and India their ancestors had built. Cannabis oil was known as yu ma.
The word “cannabis” originated with the Scythians around the Black Sea and may have been their word for “hemp,” but it was in China that hemp paper was first produced. The technology took a long time to finally reach Europe. The term for cannabis in Chinese is “ma,” and it may have been in China where the momentous discovery was first made one could activate the power of cannabis by mixing flowers with hot milk, running the mixture through a sieve, and then drinking the liquid. Whoever discovered the technique, it quickly spread all along the so-called Silk Road and enormous fire temples were constructed to distribute this elixir to the masses.
In China this concoction became known as shuma; while in India it was called soma; and in Persia, hoama. The words “magi, magician, shaman” all have their root in the Chinese “ma.” So why wouldn’t “manna” be a reference to this same ma?
Since a wide variety of cultures have employed hemp seed to survive famine over millennia, it’s hard to understand why this scenario doesn’t even appear on Wikipedia as an explanation for manna.
In my version, the plants are just starting to sprout seeds that are best picked by the little fingers of children when the morning dew is upon them. The seeds are pulverized in stone mortars, and then the flattened wafers are baked like matzo.
Moses told everyone to pick only what they wanted to eat that day. Apparently baked manna did not keep well and attracted vermin.
But he also told them to put away a small sample of the seeds to show their ancestors, to let them know what kept the tribe alive in an hour of need. And as my final point of proof, I show you the one identifying characteristic of manna from Exodus. Apparently, it bore a resemblance to coriander seeds. Here are coriander seeds.
31 The people called the special food “manna.” It was like small white coriander seeds and tasted like thin cakes made with honey.32 Moses told the people what the Lord said: “Save a basket of this food for your descendants. Then they can see the food that I gave to you in the desert when I took you out of Egypt.”
Epiphanius of Salamis founded a Christian monastery in Palestine in the year 333. He was highly educated and could read five languages and eventually wrote an influential book used to condemn thousands of Christians titled, Panarion (medicine chest). It was a savage attack on 80 different Christian congregations scattered around the world who didn’t conform with Epiphanius’ rigid ideas about Christianity, attacks based mostly on hearsay and tainted by propaganda. Epiphanius was opposed to mixing any other traditions with Christianity and identified four major sources of corruption: Scythianism, Hellenism, Judaism, and barbarism.
Christians and Jews had been expelled from Judea and settled all around the Mediterranean forming unique congregations and experimenting with ritual and ceremony. Most were incorporating elements from other traditions because Christianity was a relatively new religion. Scythianism was a reference to the widespread use of cannabis, either smoked or mixed in milk. Hellenism was an attack on efforts to merge Jesus with Apollo or employ the psychoactive sacraments of the Eleusinian Mysteries. Judaism was an attack on celebrating Passover or any other Jewish traditions. Barbarism probably involved any ideas about sex prior to marriage as Epiphanius was obviously a great prude.
His most lurid attacks, however, were on the Mud People, the Borborites, who celebrated semen as a sacramental substance, and reportedly engaged in group sex, and were known to smear their bodies with semen and menstrual blood. He claimed the Borborite leaders were homosexuals who only made love to each other. His most dramatic allegation, however, was that they performed abortions and ate the babies. Of course, eating babies is always the trump card when attacking foreign cultures, and will be played again through the centuries, always by Christians against Jews, but this is where it all began.
According to Epiphanius, the Mud People employed beautiful female members as sexual bait to lure unsuspecting newcomers, and claimed to have been approached by one of these super hotties himself, which must have been a great temptation, although it’s not clear if he succumbed to this siren’s advances. Temptation was soon removed as the allegations resulted in 80 Borborites being run-out-of-town.
Three of the biggest adversaries Epiphanius tackled were Valentinius, who worshiped Sophia, the first thought of the one as the mother of the father and son, and was a rational follower of Plato and science, and Origen and Arius, who believed the son was subservient to the father and not of the same substance, but otherwise held beliefs close to Epiphanius.
But in the new conservative Christianity that was formulating, there’d be no room for public intoxication, dancing or music, or free love. And especially no room for women priests.
Here’s a brief except from the book:
“In their church seven virgins often come in carrying lamps, if you please, dressed in white, to prophesy to the people. They deceive the congregation with a show of some sort of inspiration and, as though urging them to the mourning of penitence, get them all weeping, shedding tears and pretending to mourn for humankind. They have women bishops, presbyters and the rest. They say none of this makes any difference because “in Jesus Christ there is neither male nor female.” This is what I have learned about them. However, they call them Artotyrites because they set forth bread and cheese in their mysteries and celebrate their mysteries with them. But every human illusion comes from deserting the right faith and opting for something impossible, and for various frenzies and secret rites. For it they do not cling to the anchor of the truth but entrust themselves to their own reason, their minds are always maddened, and brought to frenzy for any reason at all. Even though it is because of Eve that they ordain women to the episcopate and presbyterate, they should listen to the Lord when he says, “Thy resort shall be to thine husband, and he shall rule over thee.” And they have overlooked the apostle’s command, “I suffer not a woman to speak, or to have authority over a man,” and again, “The man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man,” and “Adam was not deceived, but Eve, deceived first, fell into condemnation.”
Untangling the threads on origins of Christianity get a lot more difficult when certain people keep retying knots.
Gordon Wasson was a Vice President for JP Morgan when he launched the “mushrooms are the foundation for everything movement,” something inspired no doubt by the 1736 report of Swedish colonel Philip Johan von Strahlenberg concerning odd behavior among the Korak people of Kamchatka Siberia who used amanita muscaria for ceremonies. The colonel was being held prisoner at the time and reported:
“The poorer Sort, who cannot afford to lay in a Store of these Mushrooms, post themselves, on these Ocassions, round the Huts of the Rich, and watch the Opportunity of the Guests coming down to make Water; And then hold a Wooden Bowl to receive the Urine, which they drink off greedily, as having still some Virtue of the Mushroom in it, and by this way they also get Drunk.”
Wasson developed a theory that Siberian use of mushrooms had filtered down to India and Persia, and drinking priest’s urine was encoded into the oldest living religious document, the Rig Veda, the Bible of Hinduism, and something echoed in the Avesta, the Persian Bible.
Wasson had a very poor understanding of Sanskrit, so he hired a translator to work with him, and it’s her translation of the Rig Veda everyone reads in English today. And herein is the biggest pitfall: unless you can find the original document and learn to read the language, you never know for sure what you’re getting, and how much has been slanted or distorted. One thing is massively clear: there’s been an intense amount of distortion around the origins of religion, especially concerning what’s intentionally been left out of the picture.
A decade after Wasson mesmerized the academic world with the outrageously invented story Soma was a mushroom, one of the handful of scholars allowed access to the Dea Sea Scrolls broke the web of secrecy around that project by claiming Jesus never existed and was a code for amanita muscaria as well.
According to John Allegro, “Jesus” meant “Semen” and “Christ” meant “Giant Erect Mushroom Penis.” This was all based on the Sumerian language, long dead by the time of Jesus. And it just goes to show how far you can stretch this story in any direction you want. Allegro sold this story to the tabloids and lost his academic career in the process.
Judea was at the pivotal crossroads connecting the Roman Empire with Persia, India, and Russia. The biggest influences in the time were coming from the West, and Greek was the universal language of the educated (not to mention the only one used to write the New Testament), so isn’t it far more likely Jesus is an echo from something Greek-sounding, like “Zeus,” perhaps? And doesn’t that have a much better ring for an icon on the altar than: “semen?” Not to mention the current story is the real name was Joshua, but got changed to Jesus for unknown reasons, a weak tale.
Meanwhile, “Krsta” is Sanskrit for “attraction.” And Sanskit had a huge influence over Greek language.
The Greek “Christos” means “the anointed one,” but it can also mean “Krishna.”
According to Indian legend, Krishna was manifested magically to bring harmony back to an unbalanced earth. Krishna is often portrayed as a blue-faced child with flute who brings music, dancing and fun, and symbolizes love and peace, and can also be portrayed as an older man.
The colloquial Bengali expression for “Krishna” is “Kristo,” which is exactly the same as “Christ” in Spanish.
So why is Allegro reaching back into ancient Sumerian dialects to find the answers that should be so clear right in front of his face? And why have both the mainstream scholars and “conspiracy theorists” been directed down the same mushroom rabbit hole, when the importance of cannabis is the real story in the history of religion?
Here’s the proof: Ma means cannabis, as in Soma, Haoma, Shuma. And its also the source for shaman and magician. So if you want to talk about the origins of magic and religion, you have to talk about cannabis and not avoid the subject entirely with a bunch of linguistic hooh-hah.
The word “cannabis” was invented by the Greeks, who claimed they acquired it from Scythians (Saka) around the Black Sea, who first discovered the psychoactive effects of inhaling the smoking flowers of the hemp plant. The Khotan-Saka word for cannabis was kamha.
When Darius wanted to subjugate the Scythians, he identified three separate tribes spread out from the Ukraine to India: The Saka Tigraauda (pointed-hat Sakas), Saka Haumavarga (haoma-drinking Sakas) and Saka Tayaiy Paradraya (across the [Black] Sea Sakas).
Their ancestors had been the first to domesticate horses and invented the wheel, along with chariots and war wagons. They were the greatest warriors of their time, having mastered bow and arrow and combat on horseback. They spread horse culture all across Europe and Asia, and wherever the horse appears, so comes hemp and cannabis.
Scythian horses wore bronze armor and most of their weapons were bronze, but their body armor and jewelry was all gold. The armor shown above is dated from the 4th century BC, and was worn by a prince or princess, the scientists were not able to tell the sex, as women fought alongside men. I don’t know about the red fabric, although, perhaps that color was reserved for royalty as this is the armor of a very rich person who died young around age 18, perhaps in combat. Golden crowns are just one of the Scythian creations that Greeks ended up taking credit for, and a word from which we derive the words “king” and “coronation.”
I did come across an interesting tidbit from the Greek geographer Strabo:
“The mountaineers themselves live on wild fruits, but they have sheep also, though only a few, and therefore do not butcher them, sparing them for their wool and milk, and they variegate the color of their clothing by staining it with dyes of colors that do not easily fade.”
If you go to the Syr Darya River valley (the area Strabo is discussing), it’s called Fergana today and the markets are filled with splendidly colorful fabrics. Is this evidence of cannabis culture’s long affair with psychedelia?
Here’s the original cross that once held immense power in the ancient world, and became the fountain from which shaman and magician sprung, and undoubtedly inspired Constantine, and much later the Templars.
In 299, the high priests in Antioch complained people who were making the sign of a cross on their foreheads were interfering with their ability to read the entrails of sacrificed animals during official ceremonies. The Christians got blamed for this, and it sparked a wave of executions and church burnings throughout the empire.
Funny thing though, at that time Christians didn’t even have a cross as part of their iconography. The cross was tacked on much later, and may have been something Jesus would not have approved of, since he didn’t want any icons on the altar, a viewpoint he shared with Moses and Buddha. (Although it should be noted all three of these characters are mythical, no matter what Wikipedia tells you.)
This cross (above) however was embroidered or painted onto the forehead of the official headdresses worn by large numbers of people who claimed ability to communicate with divine forces. Most of these people were women according to the graves that have been discovered, and their hats were pointed at the top. The saddhus of India have a ritual of touching their third eye before hitting the chalice, so it’s easy to make a jump of this ritual having evolved into making a cross on the forehead.
The original cross is called “Wu” in Chinese, while the Chinese hemp symbol is “Ma.” The word “shu” in Chinese translates as empty, sparse, but also can mean “mythic.”
Put them all together and that spells shaman, although with a decidedly more female than male element and think more along the lines of “awesome chronic” and you are closing in on the truth of what shaman really meant back in the day.
The original shamans would have been women manifested out of southwestern China or Tibet, and would have been using cannabis in some form as their primary sacrament and medicine, and they would have been having amazing success rates curing the blind (glaucoma) and healing the lame (multiple sclerosis).
Now ask why history books don’t mention any of this.
This is how they wiped all knowledge of cannabis off the face of the earth: by painting it as black magic, and that’s a subject not taught at most universities, and one avoided by the pubic in general as too dangerous to mess around with.
It’s the same no matter what religion you believe in, or whether you believe in none. There is no “right way” to god or magic mind power. It’s the same whether you pray/meditate daily or never. It’s the same if Jesus, Buddha, Moses, Zoroaster are all mythic figures, or not. Why some true believers get bent out of shape by my attempts to enlighten people is beyond me. Imagine if back in ancient Greece, a philosopher claimed Hercules (Heracles) never existed. (Obviously, the story is myth, but I’m sure many Greeks held fast to the idea their hero avatar was real, although possibly exaggerated.) But there is no record of such a person contemporaneous to the time of his alleged existence. Ancient cultures were constantly inventing new avatars to update the old ones. The hero/messiah worship shifted from the warrior to the monk with special access to god. But there is no “special access.”
Similarly, there are no contemporaneous records of Jesus, Buddha or Moses, and many elements in their bios cannot be replicated today, but require magic power. This means academia should not be upholding the status quo hoodwink these were real people that walked the earth. They did not walk the earth, any more than Moses was given a set of tablets from god with the official rules on them. There is only one rule: don’t hurt anybody.
You don’t display enlightenment by bragging about your mind power, you display enlightenment in how you treat people and whether you are amplifying fun and serenity, or whether you are amplifying ego, pride and hostility.
Qu Yuan was born around 339 BC and gets credit as the first Chinese poet to sign his name to his verse. His epic work was titled Songs of the South, or Chu Ci.
In the Chu Ci, the word shuma first appears in Chinese literature, in a series of poems titled Jou Ge (The Nine Songs), which were apparently adapted from previous shamanic legends. The poem is a dialogue between a shaman and the god of life and death and the goddess of fertility.
“Pluck the shuma and the yaohua, present them to the one who departs. We are getting older, toward the end of our lives, but we are no nearer to each other.”
Yaohua is likely a reference to cannabis flowers, while shuma became identified with the word for “sun.” In early Turkish dialects, the respectful form of a second person pronoun is “su,” and “shu” in Chinese can mean void or mystic. “Ma” is Chinese for hemp. Magu is the Chinese goddess of long life. “Magus” is the ancient Persian word for shaman, from which we now derive the word “magician.” A shaman is a mystic who uses hemp.
Zhang He of William Patterson University wrote a great analysis on these issues, a paper available on the Internet and he quotes Jin Kemu, who first documented the close comparison of the pre-Buddhist Rig Veda, Book 10, Hymn 58, with Chao Hun, known as Calling Back the Souls from the Chu Chi. Victor Mair, another scholar, made similar comparisons between Tian Wen (Heavenly Questions) and the Avesta.
Toward the end of his life, Qu Yuan became so upset by false allegations made against him by a corrupt official in his community that he committed ritual suicide by drowning himself in a nearby river. The Sixth-century book Annual Rituals of Jing Chu describe a ritual held on May 5th, when cannabis branches were to be hung on all doors like Christmas wreaths, although this event has evolved into the annual Dragon Boat festival, and cannabis strangely replaced with calamus, and although Qu Yuan remains the inspiration for the ceremony, they have removed his sacrament.
Why is it wherever the healing potential of Soma-Haoma-Shuma appears, there’s a cover-up and a fake sacrament substituted? Calamus was also employed as the bait-and-switch of the holy anointing oil of Moses, while ephedra became the bait-and-switch employed in the Zoroastrian tradition.
What is it about cannabis that always brings down the wrath of the powers-that-be, because throughout history you’ll find it causing massive waves of enlightenment, followed by massive oppression, followed by a refusal to even admit the plant’s existence.
And why is it a reporter like me can untangle these threads, while our major universities remain clouded by dogmas and misdirections of the past?