Cannatheology: Cultural and philosophical roots
Cantheism, or Cannatheism, is a sacramental practice that is tolerant and consistent with other churches, faiths, and systems of belief. Anyone may incorporate Cantheism into their current religious persuasion, so long as they adhere to the Creed, practice mandatory consumption of sacramental cannabis, and follow one or more of the optional practices.
Cantheism / Cannatheism is an ancient religious practice
Many of the world’s great religions have used Cannabis sacramentally and ceremonially, including but not limited to:
Animism is the belief that all things have sentient spirits, and some versions assert that Cannabis has the power to cross the line between the mental and the spiritual worlds. Popular in Africa and pre-Columbian America. See the parable of the rope, below.
Biblical Judeo-Christian-Moslem religions, including Coptic Christians and Rastafari ganja, sacred spliff. Among cited Biblical references are God on High; Genesis 1:29-31 God’s gift to man; Exodus 30: 22-30 Holy annointing oil; Ezekiel 34:29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more; Isaiah 18:4-5 For so the Lord said unto me, I will take my rest, and I will consider in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs, and like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. For afore the harvest, when the bud is perfect, and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks, and take away and cut down the branches.; Rev. 22:1-2 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Egyptians: Smoke Eaters at the Temple at Thebes, incense, mortality rituals.
Hinduism: Sadhu, ganja, chillum, spiritual and physical healing, smoking cloth. Mystical interpretation of Cannabis healing powers via Ayurvedic practices. Salute: Bom Shiva bom bom.
Pygmy and other African religions: Mound smokers, smoke eaters, animism, the spirit of plants and nature, the breath of the gods. African creation myths explain why God, who once lived close to humankind, has removed himself from their world. Most of these myths describe a golden age when there was no separation between humans and their creator. However, something occurred to alienate God. The Mende say that God withdrew into the heavens because humans continually begged benefits from him. Ashanti mythology tells of God’s retreat into the heavens after a woman hit him with her pestle while pounding traditional food. Myths from the upper White Nile area speak of the relationship between God and man being severed when a rope between heaven and earth was accidentally cut (Mbiti, John S. 1969. African Religions and Philosophy. London: Heinemann, p 97; Mitchell, Robert Cameron. 1977. African Primal Religions. Niles, IL: Argus Communications. p 25).
Scythian, Thracian cultures: Smoking huts, hemp labor, cannabis purification rituals. Mourning and purification rituals described by Greek historian Herrodotus, 4th C. BC.
Shamanism: Use of all herbs in mystical pursuit of the infinite.
Sufi Moslems: Use of cannabis to reach an ecstatic state, often involving dance. Whirling Dervishes.
Zoroastrianism: Use of cannabis to communicate with god on high for mystical consciousness and personal enlightenment. Tree of life.