Seeking the “Spirit of Ganja” in Jamaica

by · Oct 1, 2016 · 209 views ·

What is “Spirit” and how does it manifest in the relationship between plants and people? The answers that I came across in my encounters with cacao drinking clubbers in Berlin or the multifaceted global entheogenic scene and indigenous shamanic healers, all revealed a deep reverence for a plant intelligence that goes “beyond psychedelics” and is best left not tampered with. In this presentation, I wish to explore the question for the case of Cannabis as the sacred and “sacramental” plant of the Jamaican Rastafari community against the backdrop of the current legalization/commercialization developments on the island. My findings will be based on a four- week investigation into Rastafari definitions of the “Spirit of Ganja”, as well as about attitudes and opinions on changing traditions of cultivation and use of Cannabis.

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