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Old 12-20-2017, 11:28 PM #1431
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"You have not brought any kaneh for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices.
But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses."

- Isaiah 43:23-24, God scolding the Israelite's for not bringing him cannabis



Monreale Cathedral in Sicily



Sicily's Cannabis Cathedral

In 1072 the 'Christians' took control of the island of Sicily from the Arabs who had long held the land. By 1174 the new King of Sicily William II decided to build a grand metropolitan cathedral in the newly conquered land in the picturesque little village of Monreale.

The Monreale Cathedral is unique in that there are three styles depicted in both the architecture and art of the structure. A mix of Norman-French, Byzantine and Arab styles all create a stunning display of spectacular design.

With a swirling mix of cultures one image can be found throughout... Cannabis!



Inside the Monreale Cathedral in Sicily



Gigantic glass mosaics with gold backgrounds dominate the eye throughout the interior of the majestic cathedral. Scenes starting from the book of Genesis all the way up until the new testament are depicted in agonizing detail.




Mosaics of the south side of the nave, Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily, Italy 1182



Every inch of wall, arch and ceiling space was used to create brilliant detail to engulf the viewer in the cathedral's narrative.



Mosaics of the north side of the nave, Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily, Italy 1182





Mosaics of the east side of the nave, Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily, Italy 1182
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Sicily's Cannabis Cathedral Continued, part 2 of 4...





Mosaics of the west side of the nave, Cathedral of Monreale, Sicily, Italy 1182




Taking a closer look at the individual mosaics, a common symbol is repeated throughout the narrative... The cannabis leaf!


When God first introduced Adam to Eve in the Garden of Eden, Cannabis was there...




Adam and Eve first meeting



When God taught Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Cannabis was there...



God teaching Adam and Eve



While Adam and Eve worked in the Garden, of course Cannabis was there...



Adam and Eve working in the garden


Even when God confronted Adam and Eve in the garden for disobeying him, Cannabis was there...



God Confronts Adam and Eve
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Sicily's Cannabis Cathedral Continued, part 3 of 4...




"And Aaron shall burn incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at evening, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the lord throughout your generations."

- EXODUS 30:8-10





Isaac with His Sons Jacob and Esau



Jacob was sure to point out the leaf with his bow in the family portrait. Later while Jabob wrestled with a angel both green and gold varieties of cannabis can be found...



Jacob Wrestling with the Angel



Moreover the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying: Take thou also unto thee the chief spices, of flowing myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much even two hundred and fifty, and of sweet kaneh bosm two hundred and fifty, and of cassia five hundred, after the shekel of the sanctuary and of olive oil a hin.
And thou shalt make it a holy anointing oil, a perfume compounded after the art of the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil.

- Exodus 30: 22-25 (direct translation from Hebrew, more on this one later)




Even the healing powers of Cannabis are shown in blazing color when Christ heals the two blind men on the road to Jericho!



Christ heals the two blind men on the road to Jericho
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Sicily's Cannabis Cathedral Continued, part 4 of 4...



I know what your thinking... It's just palm tree's stupid!

Well maybe... That is unless the image of palm tree's were also depicted in the mosaics showing the difference between the two, which there just so happens to be!

The image of palm tree's are depicted in multiple mosaics around the Monreale Cathedral, none resembling the representations of the cannabis leaf's...



Mosaic of animals and tree's including the palm with berries


One mosaic in particular even shows the palm tree and cannabis leaf on top of each other for a quick visual comparison of the two designs.



Mosaic with palm on top and cannabis depiction on bottom



Cannabis would hold its rightful place in Christianity until Pope Innocent VIII tried to completely erase cannabis from the church's record in the 15th century... Not so Innocent after all...

The Cathedral of Monreale stands to reminds us like the footprints in the sand parable, cannabis has been here the whole time!



God sitting with cannabis
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Where did marijuana come from in the 1930's? Mexican genetics from the immigrants?
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Where did marijuana come from in the 1930's? Mexican genetics from the immigrants?


Interesting question, with many possibilities... In the southwest going back to at least the early 1800's, native American's grew drug type cannabis. Stories of this can be found (i've posted a few) in all the southwest and Mexican papers late 1800's early 1900's.

You also had drug type cannabis being grown in California by the 'hindu's', 'asians' and 'mexicans' starting at least 1850's ish...

Down south you had cases of 'share croppers' that grew drug type cannabis mostly staying within racial circles...

New York and east coast going all the way down to Carolina had been growing drug type cannabis ever since the East India Trading company was bringing it over from India and Africa. So much so that when the American companies like Parke Davis started to compete with them they renamed their weed 'Cannabis Americana' using seeds from India lol

Genetics from India, Africa, China and Mexico (southwest U.S. to South America) would all be high on my list of culprits
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If they're lucky the stuff came from Mezz Mezzrow or thats what I hear anyway. Anyone else wondering if they were using the strainer to make hash?
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If they're lucky the stuff came from Mezz Mezzrow or thats what I hear anyway. Anyone else wondering if they were using the strainer to make hash?

Ahhh the whitest dude in jazz lol Would of loved to take a smoke session with Mezz!

Good eye on the strainer, always fascinated what they consider as evidence
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