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An account of South African Sangomas using the synthetic hallucinogen 2C-B for Divination as an alternative to Sacred Visionary Plants
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Below is a sourced account of South African Sangomas using a chemical hallucinogen, 2C-B or "Nexus" as an alternative for Sacred Visionary Plants, for Divination purposes. 2C-B/Nexus is one of a large family of compounds related to Mescaline, a substance found in cacti, such as the sacred Peyote cactus of many Native American religions, which has an action in the brain similar to that of "Magic Mushrooms" which are considered sacred and used for spiritual purposes all over the world, such as by European Pagans (Psilocybe semilanceata, Panaeolus subbalteatus, Psilocybe cyanescens), Native Americans (Psilocybe mexicana, Psilocybe zapotecorum, Psilocybe cyanescens, Psilocybe cubensis) and in Native African traditions (Panaeolus Africanus, Psilocybe cubensis, Panaeolus subbalteatus and species yet undefined by science) For those interested in visionary herbs in African and other traditions it is of particular interest, as here you have a group of traditional African medicine men judging synthetic psychedelics to be worthy substitutes of the traditional divination herbs, thereby substantiating the scientific observation that these synthetics open up the same realm of mind as the plants, for them to do their Sacred work in. Article starts below the line: .

One of the most interesting developments on the local scene in regard to Nexus is that this compound is the active ingredient of a medicine called Ubulawu Nomathotholo (a Xhosa phrase which roughly translates as `Medicine of the Singing Ancestors'). Up until recently, Ubulawu Nomathotholo was available at various African herbal shops where it was sold as an aid in traditional healing. According to the written information inside the pack: `Ubulawu Nomathotholo opens the mind to messages, visions and dreams from the Ancestral spirits. This makes it an excellent medicine for use by African traditional healers during intlombe, xhentsa, vumisa, divining, healing and thwasa treatment.' Ubulawu Nomathotholo is marketed by a Lesotho-based company called Inkwazi, but according to a spokesman for the company, Mr Solomon Daba, because of the banning in South Africa of their medicine's active ingredient, it is no longer being sold in the Republic. `This is a great pity,' said Mr Daba. `The problem that many sangomas in South Africa are faced with is that because they live in the townships, far away from the countryside, they are unable to get hold of many of the plants and herbs used in divining, initiation ceremonies and healing. Ubulawu Nomathotholo is a very safe and effective alternative to some of the traditional plant drugs that affect the mind, but which many sangomas in the cities now find impossible to get hold of. `We would like to see a reversal of its ban in South Africa, but we have been advised by the Medical Control Council in Pretoria that this would be a long and expensive process with little chance of success.' Another person who would like to see the ban reversed is Dr Manton Hirst (Ph.D), an anthropologist at the Kaffrarian Museum in King William's Town and one of the country's leading authorities on traditional forms of Xhosa healing. According to Dr Hirst, who has been studying and writing about traditional healing in South Africa for the past 20 years: `Xhosa diviners and herbalists, like other shamans worldwide, use psychoactive plants and substances to induce altered states of consciousness in initiates who are being trained and inducted into the profession. Psychoactive plants are highly

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valued as a means of communicating with the ancestors and gaining insights into the spirit world.' `However, nowadays the plant roots traditionally used to induce visionary experiences in novices are very hard to come by. This is due to a combination of several factors such as the over-utilisation of wild plant resources by herb-sellers and healers, and drought and over-grazing. However, even when these plants are available, they are quite toxic. Consequently, poisoning, and even death, can occur as a result of taking the wrong dosage - which even experienced healers sometimes have difficulty estimating.' During his field trips, Dr Hirst has met a number of diviners who have used Nexus as a substitute for traditional plants. `At the dosages recommended on packs of Ubulawu Nomathotholo there appears to be no toxicity or physical discomfort, and some of the therapeutic results have been quite impressive.' One initiate who was administered five Nexus tablets by her teacher reported afterwards that she found herself transported to a beautiful forest where she met wild antelope and carnivores who revealed that they were the messengers of her tribal ancestors. According to Dr Hirst: `This transcendent experience had a profoundly beneficial effect on this initiate who, up until this time, had lacked confidence in herself and her calling to be a healer.' Another case history recounted by Dr Hirst was that of a male diviner who became pathologically depressed after the tragic death of one of his children. Even after the conclusion of the traditional period of mourning he continued to be morose and avoided all contact with this patients, referring them instead to his colleagues. The diviner told Dr Hirst that after taking Nexus he had a visionary experience in which he found himself face to face with uDali (the Creator) who revealed to him the underlying meaning of the death of his child. `With his faith and confidence restored, he continued his work as a successful traditional healer.' Ancestral spirits in the guise of wild animals, visionary encounters with uDali - these are things that the average white person in South Africa will probably have some difficulty getting his mind around. However, for millions of blacks, especially out in the rural areas of the country, these are spiritual issues that are pivotal to their lives. What if Nexus really is a safe and effective alternative to scarce and often dangerous plant medicines? What if this substance really does put African healers more in touch with the magical, mysterious realms of consciousness that have been the cornerstone of African belief for thousands of years? And what if South Africa's tens of thousands of traditional healers were to collectively demand that this medicine be made readily available to them? What is probably certain is that Nexus is going to be generating plenty of controversy during the months and years ahead. information source (http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/2cb/2cb_article1.shtml) more information on 2C-B/Nexus (http://www.erowid.org/chemicals/2cb/) more information on Magic Mushrooms (http://www.erowid.org/plants/mushrooms/mushrooms.shtml)

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