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The Cult of Male

During my recent ethnobotanic research on the island of Papua New Guinea, I have come across what as of this time appears to me a rather obscure, well, obscure what? A religion? An organization? A philosophy? A network? As of this time, I do not even know as what I should properly define it?

They seem to be as refined and international as the Freemasons, but their name, mentioned to me only once in what could have been a slip of the tongue, sounded Sanskrit. Or Papuan. I cannot properly recall it, but it contained more than one a-vowel sound.

And even so they did let me in on some knowledge, they had a very secretive side to them, which is why I somehow came up with an association to the Freemasons.

They did not seem as militant as Al Qaida, but also not as democratic as a political party.

In order to continue to write about them, which I am determined to do, I have to name them as something, so I call them: "The Cult of Male"

My research was into tribal herbs for sexual function, for which Papua seemed most appropriate, given the strong sexual components of most local cultures.

The Cult of Male is not a traditional Papuan religion, but it does have some cultural connections to this most fascinating part of the world.

Only men are admitted, as their basic understanding of human nature is that indeed, men and women are very different beings. This is somehow a Papuan component in this cult.

As to what I gathered, they hold that men want many women, and that men want to rule over women, but women want to own men (usually just one), so men and women could impossibly have the same philosophical or religious concept, and not apply the same "knowledge".

There concept of "knowledge" is somehow different from the standard English meaning. Their knowledge seems much more focused on sexuality, to which they even attribute a divine element. Do they believe that orgasm is God? Are orgies of one man with many subordinate females their idea of worship? I have not found out, but I could imagine it?

Their idea of knowledge seems to concern itself with how to make this kind of worship happen, and how to experience their concept of God.

Actually, my first encounter with the Cult of Male happened by being interested in the same kind of medicinal plants.

The power of plants over humans anyway is something, Western science and society have totally neglected. And this in spite of all awareness of opium and cocaine, or even just coffee and tobacco.

Yes, the Cult of Male has a strong affination to what plants can do to humans, and I have even heard of concoctions that can turn women into zombies fulfilling every wish of their male keeper.

But I do have to point out, again, that they are not a native Papuan cult. The person who represented them towards me was not Papuan. And he was familiar with every Western scientific concept that came up in our conversation, whether it was biopsychology and molecular chemistry, or contemporary philosophy and Chinese grammar.

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