Posts Tagged ‘Mani’
Strange the Holy Grail remains our central myth, yet few pay attention to its origins. Probably because those origins are steeped in cannabis. Herodotus, the father of western history, first documented the three sacred golden gifts (plow/yoke, axe and cup) bequeathed to Greece’s ancient northern neighbors, the Saka, who had divided into a caste system based around those three gifts. Herodotus also documented the culture’s great affection for cannabis sweat lodges. By his time, they had already built the (poorly-named) Silk Road. (In truth, it was cannabis that built their highway; silk came along later in the game.) Another myth is the Saka conquered cultures with brunt force, when in reality, despite their superior weapons and highly militarized society, their culture was so incredibly advanced it was readily absorbed into the many cultures they traded with. And because they traveled from Europe to China and India, the Saka absorbed elements from both east and west. Saka priests (many of whom were transsexual) had best magic because their primary sacrament was the greatest medicine on earth.
A few hundred years after Herodotus, Quintus Curtius Rufus documented those same three sacred gifts as essential to the Zoroastrians, although the weapon had morphed into a spear and arrow. In later Nart versions, it became a golden sword. However, throughout history, the golden cup retained its importance in Zoroastrian and Gnostic traditions, and this cup was a symbol of spirituality long before the arrival of the cross. Interestingly, the grail appears on Templar tombstones as well, indicating the powerful secret society had an early association with the grail. In fact, issues with the Templars may have originated with their defense of the Cathars, and there is speculation that two of the original nine Templar knights were Cathars. It’s worth noting that the Cathar grail was called “Mani,” leading me be believe the Persian prophet Mani, who lived around the year 200, was the source of their dualistic beliefs. Mani attempted to unify all known religions and his followers built temples throughout the Silk Road, all of which were destroyed or absorbed by other religions.
Unfortunately, the version of the grail told today has been completely sanitized from any association with cannabis, when in fact, it’s the substance in the grail that carries the magic, and not the metal itself. I find it interesting Southern France became a center for mysticism, launching many occult societies, and the greatly persecuted Cathars were undoubtedly the inspiration behind much of that.
Meanwhile, the growth of Islam displaced the Zoroastrians, but the haoma cup was easily morphed into Islam’s Cup of Jamshid, said to contain the elixir of immortality. In early European mythology the grail contains the key to bringing peace to the kingdom. In reality, both claims are true: cannabis is the key to long-life, and it has a soothing effect that helps tamp down rage and violence.
Very little written by Dionysius has survived, although we do know he tried to blow the whistle on the widespread forgery occurring during the early days of Christianity. The New Testament was written in Greek and Hebrew, although Jesus would have spoken Aramaic if he’d actually lived, although there is zero evidence of that contemporary to his time, just as there is zero eyewitness testimony in the New Testament, and the bulk of the material was crafted by Paul and his associate Luke, neither of whom ever met Jesus, and the stories seem largely constructed to anoint Paul as the true leader of the Christian faith.
Since there are no original documents to consult, just copies of copies of copies, we will never know the truth because at any stage in the copying process, changes could have easily been made by corrupt scribes, and it would be naive not to believe changes would not be made as Christianity formalized its dogmas.
The first 300 years of the church were documented almost exclusively by Eusebius, an obvious fabricator working to construct a myth for the benefit of his emperor Constantine. Constantine’s mother was a Christian, and after he became emperor he had a vision while looking at the sun. He supposedly saw an image in the clouds and heard the words: “By this sigil conquer.” That’s when he got the idea to put the cross on the Roman shield, instantly transforming Christianity from a religion serving the poor to becoming the symbol of Roman aggression. Eusebius also welded the names “Jesus” and “Christ” into one word. Prior to his arrival “Christ” was not attached to another word.
Almost three hundred years after Jesus was allegedly crucified, a prophet named Mani was crucified in Persia. Mani had successfully integrated Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Buddhism with astrology and mathematics, and his religion was sweeping the world faster than anything in history, and upsetting the status quo everywhere. Integrating religions is not in the interest of the empire, which relies on religion to divide, so people can be conquered. I have to wonder if the sudden transformation of Christianity into the state religion of the empire wasn’t in some way connected to the fear of a new enlightenment manifesting throughout the realm. Mani was the most famous Christian of his day, but he worshiped the light of the moon as Jesus. Christ means “anointed” in Greek and originally just referred to anyone wearing the holy anointing oil of the Old Testament, the recipe of which can be found in Exodus. The main ingredients are cannabis and olive oil.