The first stoners in history

1024px-Asia_001adHistory celebrates every great warrior culture, except one, the Sakas, who were known as “Scythians” to the Greeks, and as “Shakas” to the Indians. The Sakas originated on the north banks of the Black Sea and migrated east and west after inventing the wheel and domesticating the horse. 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, and employed tipis as smoke-inhalation tents.

The Sakas pioneered the Silk Trail and when 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. They built 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. But the culture emanating in the east was ascetic in nature, and sought to harness and control the senses. The Soma 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 Sakas were also involved in the slave trade, which was always the most lucrative profession, but they also would have been trading silk from China and opium from Iran. Once writing appeared, the sale of scrolls would also have become quite lucrative. Only the rich could afford to buy 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 and read from them during ceremonies.

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 Saka horse culture from Russia was merging with an agrarian culture in India, 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.

They also certainly spread the enlightenment of Buddha, who like Moses, sought to remove all icons from the altars. After Alexander conquered the world, there was an enormous cultural mixing, and many Eastern concepts began appearing in Europe. The Cynics in Greece could be compared 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 all the previous spiritual traditions. In the 1860s Louis Jacolliot learned Sanskrit and quickly concluded Jesus Christ was derived from Zeus Krishna.



Author: Steven Hager

I'm a writer, journalist, filmmaker and event producer.

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