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After systematic observation, is more than obvious that the Priestly society of Prehistoric Thera,

 is using the walls to register the most unique and important information, regarding the use of numerous medicinal plants,

 that as we’ll see in this article, are tasted in experimental medicine, for healing, the most aggressive forms

of cancer like leukemia, as well as others serious diseases …

          The healing power of all this plants, as clearly is shown in xeste 3, is related with the goddess, the Mistress of the Animals being painted with the snake in her head, and is to declare her function of mostly life preservation goddess…

           It is important to notice the priestess image in west house, also with a snake in her head…

           The main difference between Hippocratic medicine and Shamanism is the role of the doctor regarding

 the patient …

           The shamanist priestess as later on the priest is using the plants to heal the physical but also the spiritual dimension

 of the illness …To heal not only the patient, but the whole community…

          What makes the wall paintings, the most important testimony of prehistoric medicine, is that the healing plants of both concepts of medicine are the same… Only the reason of healing ability seems to be explained differently…

           Pancratium Maritimum, myrtle and saffron, not only continue to serve medicine today, but for each of those plants we can find a lot of experimental uses all around the planet, from hundreds of universities, to heal leukemia and other types of cancer, but there is not even one of those examining the combine uses we have pictures from the wall paintings…

           Before the rational medicine of Hippocrates, the shamanistic experience is rejected from the scientifically practice

exactly as any source of events before the Homeric poetry is consider as mythology because they were never written to

be evaluated as facts… You’ll be able to realize that after the wall paintings of Thera, this mistaken consideration,

is responsible for a 37 years delay in experimental medicine, since the frescoes medicinal information is obvious but unknown, not of the healing abilities of the plants but mostly the logic of combine use to achieve a result, that obviously  works, because the priestly society was depending from its success…

          Priests or doctors are “determinate” to achieve their goals, so to preserve their privileges, since their acceptance is always depending and controlled by the society…

          Before we start to explore the 6 plants that we have chosen to show the main purpose of the wall paintings of Thera,

is necessary to explain the presence of numerous narcotics, by the phrase of Carl Marx, that religion is the opium of people…

         Indeed, the primary motive of any human creature, is to seek and to preserve the well being and happiness, so the first

reason of any medicinal plant, is to relieve pain, before anything else…

        Addiction as a natural reaction to preserve the well being, must be the key to explain how prehistoric people discover

all those hypnotic plants, since the frescoes clearly show the relation with the animals even before the humans…

        The persistence of the monkeys to discover saffron is rewarded by the priestly society, since the monkey offer saffron to the mistress of the animals, to give as a good reason

to call the monkey the first pharmacist  in medical history

           Every house iconography is related with different medicinal plants that maybe we’ll never be able to know exactly their

use in details, but the picture is giving us the relation with medical practices we can understand, and in certain cases we still

have a lot to learn from, if we examine them the way the frescoes are showing…

         The treatments, or the parts of the plants to be used, rest unknown, so this unique evidence could be useful

 to all those who study each one of the following plants…

       1] PANCRATIUM MARITIMUM

or sea daffodil. [House of the ladies] PREHISTORIC MUSEUM OF THERA

 

 

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           As an alkaloid painted in the house where the priestesses were getting prepared for the rituals,

 it can explain the razed heads of the frescoes, since today in Botswana; the Busmen raze their heads,

to cover the skin with the bubble of the plant.

            If we notice that almost all young population is painted with raised heads in the frescoes, it would be logical to assume that the cardio tonic effects of the plant as well as the hallucinogenic ones, were of a high estimation in the prehistoric societies but also in ancient Greece, since pancration was an Olympic game

 and as a form of wrestle, appears to be evolution of the kick-boxing, style of fight, we have as impression,

from the boxing children fresco …

        As we noticed already in the proper house iconography, kwasi [local name in Botswana] could explain

the presence of the African fresco fragment in sector A, with sacral horns fragments to symbolize that African shamanism, was present in prehistoric European pharmacopeias, and the role of the maritime Minoan or Theran society, was to transfer all those plants from the African continent, as well as the techniques of uses, to perform the divine results…

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        2] LILY:  The spring fresco with swallows & water lilies….NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ATHENS

            Analysis of the ritual and sacred iconography of dynastic Egypt, as seen on stelae, in magical papyri,

and on vessels, indicates that these people possessed a profound knowledge of plant lore and altered states

 of consciousness …

               The loving full aspect of this fresco, beyond its interpretation to celebrate the renewal of nature,

 as main function of the goddess, presents a good example of the connection between swallows & lilies,

 which should be observed and it could signalise how the shamanist and priestly society, discover the relation between the bird and the plant, as in the case of saffron

they present the relation between the monkey and saffron,

witch Proff N Platon call the crocus- gathering monkey…

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               Even that there is no evidence of use of lilies for healing purposes from the frescoes; we have

to assume that certainly the plant should be tasted….

             3] IVY: sector B Frieze of boxing children & antelopes frescoes…

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               Poison Ivy, is one more example of shamanism that for thousands of years, was considered

as a personification of the fertility goddess, as we have seen in sector B chapter, where at 700 bC the heart shape

of the leaf, was painted instead of the goddess head, in the Boetian Amphora…

              Symbol of Dionysus and Vachuous, at the Greek and Roman Antiquity, where the priests used to decorate the bed of just married couples, to insure the spirit of fidelity and fertility…

               It is more than obvious that the goddess became god, the priestess became  priest,

but the symbol remains, even if the new worshipers of Dionysus instead of ivy, venerated grapevine, only because the hard shape leaves confused them, so the prehistoric shamanistic concept of ivy,

 appears to be replaced with the grapevine and the historical use to bless the bed of just married couples is stopped in Christian era, even that Christ in his last dinner, is referring to wine symbolically, as its own blood and in Orthodox religion is a basically communion substance…

             Today we found it being used for ant inflammatory and ant allergic treatments…

             The three last medicinal plants we will present you are the mostly important ones, since all of them

were painted in the

wounded girl’s image in xeste 3 in such a way, that we recognise a rational medical action, so unique

and so important,

 that is necessary to describe more detailed, so we can understand a medical practise of combine treatment,

 that we definitely can recognise as a pure medical act, but also, one possible explanation of a matriarch cal initiation , that explains how people consider conception, in relation with saffron and virginity…

            In the image of the initiated girl as the archaeologist use to call, we have three medicinal plants:       

 

  

     4] PINE: Lystral basin Xeste 3 “the Initiated woman in the centre that is holding her head”…

             As a powerful antiseptic against wounds, leave little doubt for the reason of its presence

 in the suffering girl image…

              Painted behind her head, is declaring the necessity of antisepsis because of the wound,

witch we assume, as the girl is bleeding… The reason of bleeding is the key of the whole image, since the wound from something she stepped on, as theory,

 is not fitting the totality of the building iconography, which is related with the offering of saffron, to the fertility goddess…   

     5] MYRTLE:  In front of her head we have a myrtle branch …Since the girl is holding the head

with her hands, is more than obvious that she suffer from headache…   The prehistoric “ASPIRIN”,    will release the headache,

treat the fiver and pain, but also helps to conceive, as a powerful antiseptic …

      This is exactly the most important function ,since it is related to the total impression of the building frescoes,

as to transform a girl to a woman so to conceive…

6] SAFFRON:  As the main subject of this house frescoes, painted in front of the bleeding foot,

does not necessarily means that she was wounded as she was collecting it, but that she was wounded

as she was initiated in using it…

           The Goddess gift is a powerful emenagoge, to regulate the menstrual circle and result life through fertility…

            Any form of initiation is related with what is offered to the goddess: the use of saffron,

 to achieve fertility…

             The day of saffron’s harvest, young girls participate to it, guided by the older ones that teach them

how to pick the right plant, to separate the pistils from the flowers, and to offer them to the goddess to be blessed …

           The initiation suppose to be related to the harvest, since it is painted in the same building,

but also to the main function of the goddess who’s responsible for its effects of bleeding, that suppose to be a sign of life, if we notice that the  animals reproduction is stimulated by the menstrual bleeding …       

        This paradox of nature must be the reason of this prehistoric initiation, to stimulate bleeding

so to achieve pregnancy… 

            Using edged instruments, they should deposit the saffron quantities, inside the girls’ womb,

 to achieve the first bleeding… To avoid inflammation, fiver, pain and even death, they should use pin but also myrtle that not only relieved  from fiver and pain, but also ,  allowed saffron to stimulate

the menstrual circle…

           This hypothetical operation, based in the plants medical properties, could give us evidence of rational medical concept of a pregnancy process, if we accept that the initiated woman will be ready for conception

 after the initiation, since the regulation of her menstrual circle with saffron, will allowed her motherhood…

          The three women image in xeste 3, is giving us the impression of an organised society that consider initiation as  a religious and social  step in women life, between virginity and motherhood…

            Childhood and virginity for the youngest, initiation for the middle one, and maternity for the last one,

 if we accept that the crystal necklace of the picture is a gift to the goddess because of her blesses and the naked breast a sign of pregnancy…

            The fact that circumcision it has similarities to this prehistoric initiation, is very important to realise

  the differences between a Matriarch cal initiation process and a family structure one , since both suppose

to insure fertility as a social duty of all community members regarding the main purpose of any religion  being

 to extent life through fertility…

           Is there any connection between the initiation of xeste 3 and circumcision of the Monotheistic Religions after history and the Bible?

          I believe the only answer is, yes, it has to be some…

         

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            As in the male or female circumcision, all members of those societies, symbolically sacrifice

their youth and virginity

as a price to pay for membership, also in this prehistoric community, initiation means sacrifice

 to the common task to extent

life through fertility…       

            All those who need to examine closer the medicinal plants of the frescoes, specially

the researches for the future uses,

 can visit Pub Med the electronic library of USA health system, or botanical.com for all plants from

the frescoes…

            Today after thousands of year’s male or female circumcision, without medical care

should be forbidden and with medical care should be questioned

Santorini ancient Greece can help to this important task...