Sacred Bliss: A Spiritual History of Cannabis

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Rowman & Littlefield, Oct 20, 2016 - Religion - 198 pages
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One of the most important relationships that human beings have with plants is changing our consciousness—consider the plants that give us coffee, tea, chocolate, and nicotine. Sacred Bliss challenges traditional attitudes about cannabis by tracing its essential role in the spiritual and curative traditions in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Americas from prehistory to the present day. In highlighting the continued use of cannabis around the globe, Sacred Bliss offers compelling evidence of cannabis as an entheogen used for thousands of years to evoke peak-experiences, or moments of expanded perception or spiritual awareness.

Today, the growing utilization of medical cannabis to alleviate the pain and symptoms of physical illness raises the possibility of using cannabis to treat the mind along with the body. By engaging sacred and secular texts from around the world, Sacred Bliss demonstrates that throughout religious history, cannabis has offered access to increased imagination and creativity, heightened perspective and insight, and deeper levels of thought.
 

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An interesting book to read to understand the historical usage of the substance.

Contents

Introduction
1
1 Vedānta Sādhu Priests and the Lord of Bhang
11
2 Shamans Sufis and the Green Man
31
3 Chinese Pharmacopoeia and the Golden Flower
51
4 Dagga Cults Coptic Churches and the Rastafari
71
5 PeakExperiences and the Ineffable
99
6 Hashish Eaters Hobbits Leaf and the Pantagruelion
119
Afterword
149
Notes
159
Bibliography
175
Index
181
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Mark Ferrara is associate professor of English at SUNY Oneonta. He is the author of several books, including Palace of Ashes: China and the Decline of American Higher Education.

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