Body & Blood, Bread & Wine, Bread & Beer, & Cannibalism

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Cannibalism?! How can cannibalism be attached to the holy Catholic Sacrament of bread & wine or Communion?

Strap in my fellow gnostics, we’re going take a trip back in time to discover where it all came from and how it evolved over time.

The “body and blood” that Jesus spoke of at the last supper has its roots in ancient Egypt, where so many of the origins of Christianity lie.

When the early Egyptians observed someone who they believed were intelligent, brave or possessed a feature that was desirable, they would secretly conspire to capture and consume that person’s body and blood under the belief that said consumption would transfer the desirable traits to the consumer, or plainly stated, cannibalism. So in actuality, it was an honor to be eaten. Crazy times, indeed.

The Egyptian Cult of Osiris can be given credit for abolishing that practice. Osiris was known, among other things, as the god of agriculture, so the practice evolved into bread and beer, bread and beer because wheat and barley were the two largest crops harvested in Egypt. Wheat is the key ingredient of bread and barley being the key ingredient of beer.

The bread and beer were taken to celebrate the body and blood of Osiris, who was believed to have resurrected in the form of wheat after he was killed and dismembered and the parts buried throughout the land.

The cult influence eventually made its way to Rome and became associated with the cult of Dionysius, who was the Greek god of wine. Communion shifted from bread and beer to bread and wine, and it’s been that way ever since.

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