Holy pot has been smoked by Goddess worshippers since before history, and Marijuana and the Goddess

was first banned by those who sought to subjugate feminine spirituality by Chris Bennet, (01 Sept, 1998) Part 5 of "When Smoke Gets in my I" a series on the history of cannabis and human consciousness. In most ancient hunter-gatherer societies, women balanced the males' supply of game with their collected harvest from the surrounding wilderness. Women therefore became the first to learn the secrets of plants, and how they propagated themselves. This knowledge led to the development of agriculture, and the evolution from the animal totems of the hunter-gatherers to images of the Great Mother, who with proper worship produced her abundant harvest in the same way that women produced children. Cannabis is among humanity's oldest and most useful cultivated crops, and so it is not surprising to find that cannabis, in all its forms, has been intricately associated with Goddess worship in many cultures, throughout history. Kali-Ma The most ancient goddess still worshiped in the world today is the Indian KaliMa, the Mother of Life and Death. Her worship stretches back into pre-history, and is believed to predate that of her more well-known consort Shiva, the longest continually worshiped god on earth. Both Shiva and Kali are strongly associated with marijuana. Kali is generally depicted with a girdle of human arms and a necklace of skulls, and represents the dark aspect of the goddess trinity of virginmother-crone. Both ancient and modern devotees of Kali partake of marijuana in various forms as a part of their worship. Devotional ceremonies to Kali

with both Father Time and the Grim Reaper still carrying Rhea Krona's ancient hemp-harvesting tool. which measured 5 by 7 metres. (part of a similar trinity with Ashera and Astarte)who is also described with "attached heads to her back. marijuana was used in association with Freya. who holds the Tree of Life in one hand and raises the other in welcome. Readers of part two in this series (CC#2) will remember that the Amazon-like Scythian women fought alongside their warrior mates." In ancient Germany. Rhea Krona. ScythianHempsters It is generally accepted that it was the horseback-riding Scythians who spread the combination of cannabis and goddess worship throughout much of the ancient world. Imagery of the Goddess and the Tree of Life is also found amongst other cultures with whom the Scythians came into contact. and originally designed for harvesting cannabis. The carpet had a border frieze with a repeated pattern of a horseman approaching the Great Goddess. Otherpot-goddesses The worship of Kali. an agricultural tool named for its Scythian origin. . the slightly tamer Kali-like goddess of Love and Death. Rhea Krona came to reap her children in death with the scythe. which is directed at raising the Kundalini energy from the base of the spine up into the higher centres of the brain. Showing cannabis' strong ties with Scythian mythology. and cannabis was also used by many of the worshippers of Kali's ancient world counterparts. doing so in veneration of their own variation of the Goddess Mother of Life and Death. girded hands to her waist. The Treeof Life In a cave where an ancient urn was found that had been used by the Scythians for burning marijuana. there was also a massive felt rug.ritual sex. extended into the ancient Near East. Kali is the Hindu counterpart of the ferocious and sensual Canaanite goddess Anath. under various names. and that these "Hell's Angels" of the ancient world were known to have used cannabis in funeral rites. This scythe image has survived through patriarchal times and into our modern day.