Datura innoxia is most sacred plant in beautiful Zuni Indian Datura innoxia legend tells of the divine origin of Aneglakya. The olden time a boy and a girl, brother and sister (the boy’s name was A’neglakya and the girl’s name A’negla kyatsi’tsa), lived in the interior of the earth, but they often came to the outer world and walked about a great deal, observing closely everything they saw and heard and repeating all to their mother.
This constant talking did not please the Divine Ones (twin sons of the Sun Father). On meeting the boy and the girl the Divine Ones asked, ‘How are you?’ and the brother and sister answered, ‘We are happy.’ (Some times A’neglakya and A’neglakyatsi’tsa appeared on Earth as old people.) They told the Divine Ones how they could make one sleep and see ghosts, and how they could make one walk about a little and see one who had committed theft.
Zuni Indian legend
After this meeting the Divine Ones concluded that A’neglakya and A’neglakyatsi’tsa knew too much and that they should be banished for all time from this world; so the Divine Ones caused the brother and sister to disappear into the earth forever. Flowers sprang up at the spot where the two descended flowers exactly like those that they wore on each side of their heads when visiting the earth.
The Divine Ones called the plant ‘a’neglakya’ after the boy’s name. The original plant has many children scattered over the earth; some of the blossoms are tinged with yellow, some with blue, some with red, some are all white the colors belonging to the four cardinal points.
In Mexico and the American Southwest, and have played major roles in native medicine and magico religious rites. Their undoubted danger as potent narcotics, however, has never been challenged, even from earliest times. In the Old World, has had a long history as a medicine and sacred hallucinogen, although the genus has apparently never enjoyed the ceremonial role that it has had in the New World. Early Sanskrit and Chinese writings mention Datura metei.
It was undoubtedly this species that the Arabian doctor Avicenna reported in the eleventh century under the name Jouzrnathal (“metel nut”); this report was repeated in Dioscorides’ writings. The name metel is taken from this Arabic term, while the generic epithet Datura was adapted to Latin by Linnaeus from the Sanskrit Dhatura.
In China, the plant was considered sacred: when Buddha was preaching, heaven sprinkled the plant with dew or raindrops. A Taoist legend maintains that Datura metel is one of the circumpolar stars and that envoys to earth from this star carry a flower of the plant in their hand. Several species of Datura were introduced into China from India between the Sung and Ming dynasties that is, between A. D. 960 and 1644—so they were not recorded in earlier herbals.
The herbalist Li Shih-chen reported the medicinal uses of one of the species known as Man-t’o-lo in 1596: the flowers and seeds were employed to treat eruptions on the face, and the plant was prescribed internally for colds, nervous disorders, and other problems. It was taken together with Cannabis in wine as an anesthesia for minor surgical operations.
Datura innoxia, Moon Flower, Thorn Apple, etc.