The Ritual Of Hashish

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Register to read the introduction… Although smoking hashish is not a rite of passage, per say (beyond the first time) it still has the tripartite nature written about by Turner, wherein a participant passes through separation, transition, and reintegration.
Furthermore, the ritual of the cup contains the three types of sacra found in rituals around the world, namely, “(1) exhibitions, ‘what is shown’; (2) actions, ‘what is done’; and (3) instructions, ‘what is said.’” as Turner, relates Jane Harrison’s description of the Greek mysteries in his article “Betwixt and Between” (1964). Thus, in the ritual of the khabur, are the cup, the card, the cigarette, the knife, the lighter, and the hashish are shown, the action would be the preparation and inhalation of the hashish, and the instructions would be the idiomatic admonishments and stories that accompany the
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The main binary opposition, however, exists between the essence of the earth that the hashish represents and the essence of fire that destroys the hashish to create the dream that replaces reality. Thus, the ritual encompasses the ultimate cyclic opposition of life and death. In the ritual of the cup, one tastes his death night after night (and indeed in the original Greek, “intoxicate” means to poison). As Athena told Odysseus, “Before I can send you home, there is one more journey you must make, to the halls of Hades and face dread Persephone to hear the truth from Tiresias the blind Theban seer whose mind even death has spared.” In the ritual of the cup, we follow the universal mytheme of passing through death to gain knowledge. We sojourn in the night only to return home by the hearkening of dawn to be born again at

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