A very Interesting report from along the Silk Road .... where they have made a discovery of ancient Cannabis (Kaneh-Bosm) used as incense in a Sacred Ceremony.
As we read from Exodus 30:23-38 the High Priest (Kohanim) and Levitical Priesthood would burn the Holy Kaneh Bosm (Cannabis) incense, Smoke as an Offering to the Creator.
Wooden braziers and a skeleton found in the tomb M12 as they were exposed in the excavations at an archaeological site in western China that provided evidence for the burning of cannabis at a cemetery locale roughly 2,500 years ago, In the Pamir Mountains in Xinjiang region.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Marijuana chemical residue has been found in incense burners apparently used during funerary rites at a mountainous site in western China in about 500 BC, providing what may be the oldest evidence of smoking cannabis for its mind-altering properties.
The evidence was found on 10 wooden braziers containing stones with burn marks that were discovered in eight tombs at the Jirzankal Cemetery site in the Pamir Mountains in China's Xinjiang region, scientists said on Wednesday. The tombs also bore human skeletons and artifacts including a type of angular harp used in ancient funerals and sacrificial ceremonies.
The researchers used a method called gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to identify organic material preserved in the braziers, detecting marijuana's chemical signature. They found a higher level of THC, the plant's main psychoactive constituent, than the low levels typically seen in wild cannabis plants, indicating it was chosen for its mind-altering qualities.
The cemetery site is situated near the ancient Silk Road, indicating that the old trade route linking China and the Middle East may have facilitated the spread of marijuana use as a drug.
The cemetery, reaching across three terraces at a rocky and arid site up to 10,105 feet (3,080 meters) above sea level, includes black and white stone strips created on the landscape using pebbles, marking the tomb surfaces, and circular mounds with rings of stones underneath.
22The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: :
23"And you, take for yourself spices of the finest sort: of pure myrrh five hundred [shekel weights]; of fragrant cinnamon half of it two hundred and fifty [shekel weights]; of KANEH BOSM (Cannabis) two hundred and fifty [shekel weights],
24and of cassia five hundred [shekel weights] according to the holy shekel, and one hin of olive oil.
25You shall make this into an oil of holy anoinment, a perfumed compound according to the art of a perfumer; it shall be an oil of holy anointment.
26And you shall anoint with it the Tent of Meeting and the Ark of Testimony,
27the table and all its implements, the menorah and its implements, the altar of incense,
28the altar of the burnt offering and all its implements, the washstand and its base.
29 And you shall sanctify them so that they become a holy of holies; whatever touches them shall become holy.
30 And with it you shall anoint Aaron and his sons and sanctify them to serve Me [as kohanim].
31 And to the children of Israel you shall speak, saying: 'This shall be oil of holy anointment to Me for your generations.
32 It shall not be poured upon human flesh, and according to its formula you shall not make anything like it. It is holy; it shall be holy to you.
33 Any person who compounds anything like it or puts any of it on an alien shall be cut off from his people.' "
34 And the Lord said to Moses: "Take for yourself aromatics, [namely] balsam sap, onycha and galbanum, aromatics and pure frankincense; they shall be of equal weight.
35 And you shall make it into incense, a compound according to the art of the perfumer, well blended, pure, holy.
36 And you shall crush some of it very finely, and you shall set some of it before the testimony in the Tent of Meeting, where I will arrange meetings with you; it shall be to you a holy of holies.
37 And the incense that you make, you shall not make for yourselves according to its formula; it shall be holy to you for the Lord.
38 Any person who makes anything like it, to smell it[s fragrance], shall be cut off from his people.
Why pebbles/Stones on the graves ?
PLacing stones or pebbles on a grave is an ancient one, and its origins are unclear. It is a custom or tradition, rather than a commandment, and over time many interpretations have been offered for this practice.
Warning To Kohanim (Jewish Priests) - During the times of the Temple in Jerusalem, Jewish priests (kohanim) became ritually impure if they came within four feet of a corpse. As a result, Jews began marking graves with piles of rocks in order to indicate to passing kohanim that they should stay back.
To Keep the Soul in This World- The Talmud mentions that after a person dies her soul continues to dwell for a while in the grave where she was buried. Putting stones on a grave keeps the soul down in this world, which some people find comforting. Another related interpretation suggests that the stones keep demons and golems from getting into the graves.
Stones Last Longer Than Flowers
Flowers, though beautiful, will eventually die. A stone will not die, and can symbolize the permanence of memory and legacy.
A Hebrew Pun
Rabbi Simkha Weintraub, rabbinic director of the New York Jewish Healing Center offered another traditional interpretation: “The Hebrew word for ‘pebble’ is tz’ror – and it happens that this Hebrew word also means ‘bond.’ When we pray the memorial El Maleh Rahamim prayer (and at other times) we ask that the deceased be ‘bound up in the bond of life’ – tz’ror haHayyim. By placing the stone, we show that we have been there, and that the individual’s memory continues to live on in and through us.”
Many people take special care in choosing a stone to put on the grave of a loved one. It may be a stone from a place that was significant to the deceased, a stone that was chosen at an event during which the deceased was especially missed, or simply an interesting or attractive rock. Because there is no commandment to fulfill here, placing a stone on a grave is an opportunity for you to create your own ritual, or do things in the way that feels most meaningful to you. Why Jews Put Stones on Graves- Although the custom of placing them on a grave probably draws upon pagan customs, the stones also symbolize the permanence of memory.
Pebble/Stone Source: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/ask-the-expert-stones-on-graves/