Yet another very interesting found has been discovered in China, and ancient Burial Shroud with several newly harvested female cannabis plants.
The tomb is believed to be around 2500 year old and for the first time, archaeologists have unearthed well-preserved whole cannabis plants, even with seeds on.
“This is the first time archaeologists have recovered complete cannabis plants, as well as the first incidence of their use as a “shroud” in a human burial.”
(Cannabis plants were arranged across the body of a middle-aged man before his burial in Turpan, China, around 2,500 years ago.)
The story was recently featured in National Geographic and just adds to many ancient burials and sights around our world. It’s often medicine men/women or shamans that are being found with this amazing plant, which indicates that it has quite a known and respected role for the people of that time.
We also know that cannabis had already had a long tradition before this person was buried. With the Chinese goddess MaGu (CannabisMaiden) , the legendary Taoist xian (仙 “immortal; transcendent”) associated with the elixir of life, and she is a symbolic protector of females, in Chinese mythology.
And Shen Nung (2838 – 2698 B.C.) father of Chinese medicine & acupuncture and modern agriculture, who also was the first to document the medical benefits of cannabis and many other herbs. So these and many others had already spread the knowledge of cannabis in China for a long time. It is very sad that politics, organized religion & war has made so much important knowledge disappear over the years regarding cannabis, tradition and healing. Luckily we keep finding new sights like this, to remind & teach us about the lost knowledge and traditions of cannabis.
Here is the whole story from National Geographic, an interesting read.
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( In an unprecendented discovery, the ancient cannabis plants were discovered in a complete and well-preserved state.)
Photograph courtesy Hongen Jiang
Thirteen cannabis plants, each up to almost three feet long, were placed diagonally across the man’s chest, with the roots oriented beneath his pelvis and the tops of the plants extending from just under his chin, up and alongside the left side of his face.