Re: Anointing Oil & Kaneh Bosem
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Khem Caigan <Khem@...> wrote:
> See the entry "Exodus » Chapter 30", fromI am a devotee of this final interpretation. It just makes sense, as
> 'Navigating the BIBLE', on on bible.ort.org:
> fragrant cane
> Keneh bosem in Hebrew. Ancient sources identify this with
> the sweet calamus (Septuagint; Rambam on Kerithoth 1:1;
> Saadia; Ibn Janach). This is the sweetflag or flag-root,
> Acoras calamus which grows in Europe.
> It appears that a similar species grew in the Holy Land,
> in the Hula region in ancient times (Theophrastus, History
> of Plants 9:7). Other sources apparently indicate that
> it was the Indian plant, Cympopogan martini, which has
> the form of red straw (Yad, Kley HaMikdash 1:3).
> On the basis of cognate pronunciation and Septuagint
> readings, some identify Keneh bosem with the English
> and Greek *cannabis*, the hemp plant.
this oil was intended for the Priests to use when establishing
communication with Yahweh. To use a psycho-active oil is basic
One of my favorite authors on this subject is Chris Bennett:
And you can read his take on "Cannabis in the Old Testament" here:
- Tony doth schreibble:
>Hi, Tony ~
> For quite a number of years I've been following Crowley's instructions
> for making Abramelin oil.
> I came across the following interesting article which emphatically
> states that calamus should be used in place of galangal:
> The reason is that the Mathers translation derives from an incomplete
> French manuscript copy of the book. Earlier versions apparently use
> calamus. I suppose we'll all find out in August.
> The article also suggests alternate methods of making the oil.
> Any thoughts?
The article that you cite overlooks the fact that Calamus
is itself a mistranslation of the Torah's *Kaneh Bosem*.
Calamus is a dead end, no matter whether you are employing
it as a scent or for the asarone content.
Galangal is found throughout Europe and the Middle East
as a matter in perfumes and as a spice in cooking - and
Calamus is not.
And neither Calamus nor Galangal are anywhere employed as
perfume AND spice AND textile, and *Kaneh Bosem* is.
Cors in Manu Domine,
~ Khem Caigan
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