Dante’s Hashish Infused Shamanic Journey?

Dante’s Divine Comedy (1321) is one of the pioneering classics of Western literature. The archetypes and symbolism of Dante’s narrated journey through heaven and Hell has lefts its mark even on those who have not read the book or are unaware of Dante. Interestingly, one of the foremost Dante scholars has suggested that Dante’s inspiration, may have come through the form of Islamic Hashish!

Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri (1265 – 1321) commonly known by his pen name Dante Alighieri or simply as Dante , was an Italian poet. Interestingly, many believed that the  Divine Comedy, was not just an intriguing adventurous fiction about the afterlife, but that Dante incorporated various occult secrets into the tale.

Masonic writers, who were also involved with Rosicrucian circles, such as Albert Pike, Rene Guenon and Manly P. Hall have suggested that The Divine Comedy expounded Rosicrucian philosophy and ideals.

Rosicrucianism was/is a spiritual and cultural movement which arose much later, in 17th century Europe, through the publication of several texts which purported to announce the existence of a hitherto unknown esoteric order to the world and made seeking its knowledge attractive to many. Tying Dante into this, who lived a few centuries prior,

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