Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Ganja Factor

"For Rastas, smoking cannabis, usually known as ganja or herb, is a spiritual act, often accompanied by Bible study; they consider it a sacrament that cleans the body and mind, heals the soul, exalts the consciousness, facilitates peacefulness, brings pleasure, and brings them closer to Jah. The burning of the herb is often said to be essential "for it will sting in the hearts of those that promote and perform evil and wrongs." By the 8th century, cannabis had been introduced by Arab traders to Central and Southern Africa, where it is known as dagga, and many Rastas say it is a part of their African culture that they are reclaiming. It is sometimes also referred to as "the healing of the nation", a phraseology adapted from Revelation 22:2...They believe that the smoking of cannabis enjoys Biblical sanction and is an aid to meditation and religious observance...According to Rastafarian and other scholars, the etymology of the word "cannabis" and similar terms in all the languages of the Near East may be traced to the Hebrew qaneh bosm קנה-בשם that is one of the herbs God commands Moses to include in his preparation of sacred anointing perfume in Exodus 30:23...It is also said that cannabis was the first plant to grow on King Solomon's grave..."
- courtesy of Wikipedia.
Better Collie by Horace Andy
from The Prime Of Horace Andy: 16 Massive Cuts From The 70s

Kaya by Bob Marley & the Wailers
from The Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection, Vol. 3

Free the Weed Dub by Rupie Edwards All Stars
from Trojan Box Set: Ganja Reggae

International Herb by Culture
from Too Long in Slavery

Roast Fish & Cornbread by Lee "Scratch" Perry
from Arkology

Legalize It by Peter Tosh
from Legalize It