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.