Back in the days I was so obsessed with conspiracy theories. I analyzed almost everything that came my way from the mystic one-eyed pyramid in a one USA dollar bill to the mysterious 666. It's a long time since I read systematically about Freemasons and their original link to ancient Egypt or the Illuminati and their umbilical ties to ancient Rome let alone other mystifying religious fraternities such as the Jesuits and the Opus Dei. The last time I was a bit that excited was when I read the controversial Da Vinci Code's critique of secret societies. It is with this background I curiously read, today, the following link sent by my new twitter friend with an eye of a conspiracy theorist attempting to make sense of why Babu of Loliondo is only charging Tsh 500 for a medicinal cup that allegedly cures five chronic diseases if not more. Note the parallels when you encounter the phrases/terms "a grove of trees", "a dream", "his gentle", "temples of healing", "spend a night", and "panacea", that term which has entered the English lexicon to mean a remedy for everything or, as we say in Kiswahili, 'Mwarobaini wa kutibu magonjwa yote'.
"That stick with the snake curled around it is the staff (the rod) of Aesculapius (also called Asklepios), the ancient god of medicine. His Greek name was Asklepios and his Roman name Aesculapius. In reality, Asklepios may have been a real person who was renowned for his gentle, humane remedies and his humane treatment of the mentally ill. His followers established temples called asclepions, temples of Asklepios, temples of healing. The greatest asklepion was in a grove of trees south of Corinth, Greece where the sick had to spend a night while the proper remedies were revealed during a dream to the priests of the temple and the cured had to make a suitable sacrifice (usually a rooster) to the god. According to mythology, Asculapius had a number of children including Hygieia, the goddess of health (from whose name comes the word ""hygiene"") and Panaceia, the godess of healing (from whose name comes the word ""panacea"" for a universal remedy).Today, the staff of Aesculapius is a commonly used symbol of medicine. It is the symbol of the American Medical Association (AMA) and many other medical societies" - http://www.healthdictionary.info/Aesculapius.htm