Subliminal Advertising and other Rabbit Holes

In the Fifth Century BC, Histiaeus was the ruler of Miletus on the western edge of Turkey when Darius enlisted him in his war against the Scythians, the most under-appreciated culture in world history, probably because they spread cannabis use to China, India, Europe and the Middle East from their original home somewhere in the Ukraine. The Scythians domesticated the horse, invented the wheel, built the first covered wagons and were the greatest horsemen and archers of their time. They preferred to trade, however, and had captured a large chunk of the slave, spice and drug trade when Darius decided to go to war against them. Darius had conquered most of the known world and sought to subdue the mighty Saka empire. (It didn’t happen. The Scythians just kept migrating away until Darius gave up chasing them.)

Histiaeus was placed in charge of guarding the key bridge across the Danube and entered into complex negotiations with the Scythians, who wanted that bridge destroyed. Afterwards, he was sent to Susa as punishment, where he plotted a return to power. When ready to launch his revolt, he shaved the head of a slave, tattooed the Persian battle plans on it, and then waited for the slave’s hair to grow before sending him on a secret mission. This was not a case of subliminal messaging, but steganography, an art-form frequently employed by spooks to this day. In fact, any photographic image can be secretly embedded with maps or text messages only those with a decoder can decipher and these images can be posted on innocuous websites that seem to contain harmless content. Happens every day.

In 1974, Wilson Bryan Key released a shocking expose on the print media claiming advertisements in the mass media were airbrushed with secret messages, mostly obscene words and sexually-charged shapes. In 1957, Vance Packard had published an expose on the advertising industry’s latest techniques titled The Hidden Persuaders. Packard’s book had been a bestseller and Key pushed his book as the latest developments in the industry. After reading it, many became convinced the media was conspiring to program the American population, especially after James Vicar claimed to have conducted a study proving subliminals in films worked.

There was only one glaring problem: it was all complete hokum. Vicar invented the study and when asked to replicate it, the hoax was unveiled. Likewise, instead of investigating the industry and interviewing people involved, Key had confined his research to photographs in magazines and newspapers. After much meditation, he began locating the word “fuck” in just about every newspaper and magazine photo he looked at. He especially liked analyzing shapes in ice cubes and claimed ice was employed to more easily hide the sexual image.

Unfortunately, this information ran like a wildfire through the counterculture. I first became aware of the theory when High Times did a cover story on Key’s book. Instead of exposing the scam, High Times presented it as real info. Thus a major rabbit hole was seeded into the counterculture collective unconscious, one that could have easily been disproven with a smidgen of gum-shoe research. It’s a hole many others would follow.

The modern equivalent of that great subliminal advertising hoax is the current trend for examining mass media for clues about shootings and other terror events, as if these events are being orchestrated years in advance by a satanic cult with immense power that seeks to reveal their power and control by planting clues in film and TV months or even years before the event. Mark Passio, one of the characters pushing this type of meme, has hundreds of hours of video you can watch free online. But watching this video is a form of mind control itself, and certainly not a mechanism for unveiling mind control. The more hours you log, the more you fall into his rabbit hole. But like Key before him, the dots being lined up here do not connect, and in another twenty years this hoodwink will become clear.

Reflections on cannabis, crowns and kings

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?

The first stoners in history

History celebrates every great warrior culture, except one, the Scythians, who were known as “Saka” to the Persians, and as “Shakas” to the Indians. This culture may have originated on the north banks of the Black Sea and migrated east and west after inventing the wheel and domesticating the horse. They may also have been involved with smelting metals and domesticating other animals and birds. I suspect their exclusion from history may be a result of their documented affection for cannabis, as they are the first stoners in recorded history. According to Herodotus, they employed tipis as smoke-inhalation tents.

The Scythians built the Silk Trail and after a large number settled in what is now known as Pakistan, they invented Sanskrit, and seem to have stopped inhaling cannabis smoke, as they had learned to mix cannabis with hot milk and spices to achieve a much more medicinal effect. The Zoroastrians built great fire temples to produce this elixir, which became extremely popular and still is today although now known as bhang.

At this point in history the most popular temples were often the ones that provided sacred prostitutes. In Persia, a woman was required by law to have sex with a stranger at least once in her life, and had to accept whatever donation in coin he offered. This kept a steady stream of virginal prostitutes arriving at the temple. However, the culture emanating in the east was ascetic in nature, and sought to harness and control the senses. The Soma/Hamoa served in these temples quickly became known as the world’s greatest medicine, and pilgrims began appearing from all corners of the earth to sample it.

The Scythians were also involved in the slave trade, always the most lucrative profession, and also would have been trading cannabis, opium and spices, and, much later in time, silk from China. Once writing and hemp paper appeared, sacred scrolls became quite lucrative. Only the rich could afford documents, and early documents would have assumed magical powers, especially if they contained wisdom from ancient sages. Temples would have purchased any scrolls they felt contained important knowledge.

The Phoenicians perfected the alphabet that had been pioneered in Sumeria by mixing it with Egyptian hieroglyphics. This alphabet spread around the world, first to Greece, and they only made slight adjustments. But some of the earliest writing took place around Pakistan, where the Scythian horse culture from the Russian plains was merging with an agrarian culture, producing an epic wave of spiritual enlightenment. Pretty soon documents from this area were filtering into Persia and Greece, and having a revolutionary impact on cosmology, law, philosophy and religion.

First, the Zoroastrians upended the pagan pantheons with the emergence of “one god,” but their paradigm got upended by Buddha’s “no gods” enlightenment. Buddha, like Moses and Jesus, sought to remove all icons from the altar, so naturally they turned him into the icon. After Alexander conquered the world, there was an enormous cultural mixing, creating Greco-Buddhism. Zoroastrian ideas morphed in the west into the worship of Mithra, the Persian sun god. Many Eastern concepts began appearing in Europe with a slightly different twist. The Cynics in Greece are comparable with the Zen Buddhists of Tibet. Documents like the Laws of Manu were used to construct the laws of Greece and Rome, and the question-and-answer format copied by Plato to construct his dialogues.

Jesus appears at the peak of this cultural revolution, and his myth integrated elements from previous spiritual traditions, although obviously, most of the myth was constructed on top of Zoroastrian sun worship. The reason Judaism and Christianity absorbed Zoroastrian concepts is simply because it was the first Zoroastrian king of Persia who freed the Jews from Babylon and allowed them to return to Judea. In gratitude the mythical Moses was based largely on the mythical Zoroaster. In the 1860s, Louis Jacolliot learned Sanskrit and quickly concluded Jesus Christ was derived from Zeus Krishna.

My theory is the real Jesus appeared around 240 AD and successfully merged all the great religions of his time to end war. He became a living Buddha in India, a Zoroastrian Magi in Persia, and was called an “apostle of Jesus” in the west. His father had been an early Christian/Jew, while his mother’s family were Zoroastrians.

His name was Mani, and while still a young man, he was lured into a trap, tortured, skinned alive and decapitated. The gate where his head was put on display still carries his name to this day, yet few know the real story. When the general Constantine captured and remade Christianity to build his empire, elements from Mani’s bio were placed into the story of the mythical Jesus. I suspect Mani deployed cannabis to heal the blind and lame, which is why both Mani and cannabis disappeared around the same time.