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The use of cannabis a religious sacrament predates written history and evidence of its place as a sacred plant can be found in most ancient religions, including Buddhism, Shintoism, Sufism and Christianity; and among the Bantu, Pygmy, Zulu and Hottentot tribes of Africa. Several modern religions still practice the ceremonial consumption of psychoactive cannabis, for example Rastafari, while others consider it holy due to its many other properties, revering it as a symbol of strength, purity or wellness.
Thanks to the cultivation of hemp, people were able to stop wearing animal hides and switch to clothing made of woven fabrics. Various items of clothing and fabric, ranging from sandals and ritual robes to bandages and carpets, have been found on archaeological digs. First, the long, strong plant fibres were twisted into simple twine; in turn, strands of twine were plaited together to make stronger ropes. Cross-weaving allowed ropes to be made into nets for fishing and hunting. As weaving technology developed, finer and finer meshes became possible, until the net finally developed into true woven cloth.
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Hemp in Japan The Samurai In 1980, Paul McCartney was arrested at Tokyo airport after a small bag of weed was found in his luggage. After having spent nine nights in a cell, the ex-Beatle was deported. A planned tour of Japan was cancelled and Paul McCartney was not allowed to visit the land of […]Read more
Recently, a new resident from the Far East arrived at the museum in Barcelona: a Japanese samurai doll dating from the start of the nineteenth century, clothed in an outfit made from – you guessed it – hemp. Japanese samurai In early feudal Japan, the life of a samurai – lit. “he who serves” – […]Read more
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