sexta-feira, 8 de fevereiro de 2008

Shamanism: The Oldest Religion in the World

By Jan Irvin

The Oldest Religion in the World,
The Religion of Experience

"Religion is a defense against a religious experience"

- Carl G. Jung

Before I begin, I'd like to clear up some Constitutional rights issues for those working for any government agencies etc. Freedom of Religion is the law. Using the "WAR ON DRUGS" against any information presented in this site is in violation of our Constitutional civil liberties of Freedom of Religion and free speech, which you've sworn to uphold.

Article the third [Amendment I]

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Constitution is the SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND.
(Maritime law is illegal under sovereignty!)

With that said, we may now continue.


Shamanism is the world's oldest religion. Shamanism is the religion of EXPERIENCE.

I'd like to start by explaining some of the terminology used in this article. Let me point out here that some researchers consider that because the word 'shaman' was used in ancient times exclusively to describe the Amanita muscaria mushroom using 'shaman' of the Norse, Siberian, and Ostiak peoples that it only applies to them. On this page I will use the generic definition of shamanism, which is not a religion, but "a set of techniques with the principle technique being the use of psychedelic/entheogenic plant substances." With this definition we can include the curanderos, the ayahuasceros, the peyoteros, and any of the many 'psychedelic' using peoples of the world. I'd also like to give the definition of entheogen - which from Latin we take (en), meaning 'in' or 'within', (theo) meaning 'god', and (gen) meaning 'to generate', bringing us 'entheogen' "to generate the god within." And psychedelic - from Latin (psyche) meaning 'mind', and (delos) meaning 'to make clear' or 'visible', bringing us 'psychedelic,' "to make the mind clear or visible."

Before Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, or any other, there was shamanism. Shamanism is quite literally the foundation, or beginning roots of most, if not all other religions. Some may argue that animism is the worlds oldest religion, but I will argue that humanoid man, in our search of food, came across psychedelic plants and drugs and utilized them, as the evidence shows. I believe that the use of these substances, and especially Psilocybe mushrooms may have been the catalyst for the explosion in human brain size over 1,000,000 years ago. Read Terence McKenna's Food of the Gods, or download and listen to Terence Mckenna's - Food of the Gods on audio now.

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