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Catha edulis


Also known as: Khat; Qat. Abyssinian about 20 more which I won’t bore you with!!

Plant folklore: Sacred to the ancient Egyptians. A stimulant – the effects are rather like ephedra or amphetamine, and include euphoria, increased alertness and excitement, ability to concentrate, confidence, friendliness, contentment and flow of ideas. A “divine food” like royal jelly to bees, capable of “releasing humanity’s nascent divinity”.
The Egyptians did not ingest Khat merely to “get high”, they used it to trigger and impel the metamorphic process leading to a theurgic transmutation of human naure into apotheosis".
Allows the lowly mortal being to be “vergottet”, or made God-like.
The medicinal uses of Khat were first described in the thirteenth century by the Islamic physician, Naguib ed-Din. He used it to treat depression. In more modern times, the Baroness Tania von Blixen used the leaves to gain insight and creativity.
Arabs of the Yemen sit around the fire all night long chewing Khat, laughing and talking. It was discovered by a goat herd named Awzulkernayien, who observed that when the goats ate the leaves they were very alert, and he decided to try them himself. He experienced wakefulness and added awareness.
There is also a legend that tells of two devout people who often spent the entire night in prayer, but frequently found themselves dropping off to sleep. They prayed to God to give them something to keep them awake. An angel appeared and showed them the khat plant, which would keep them awake.

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I've never come across this before, Alice. Interesting, though! :-)

25 Nov, 2009


I've never heard of it either.

25 Nov, 2009


i have heard of it due to the ancient egyptian link. love the red stems too.

25 Nov, 2009


Very pretty plant nice colour interesting about alertness.

25 Nov, 2009


I have loved your folklore blogs, you have gone to a lot of effort. thanks.

28 Nov, 2009


Thank you....I've enjoyed doing them. The ones I have are all on now. Will add more as and when I can get them.

28 Nov, 2009


I still haven't found this, in any of my books. I shall have to do a 'google'!

Now and here is a good place to say 'thanks' for all the trouble you've gone to to post all the interesting info, Alice! It's appreciated. :-))

28 Nov, 2009


Thanks Sprintz (blush)....just doing "my bit" to help GoY :)))

28 Nov, 2009

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