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Hallucinogenic Plants May Be Key to Decoding Ancient Southwestern Paintings
originally posted by: 131415
I have no illusions as to ancient mans intelligence.
Make no mistake though the world was a very dangerous place. We take so much for granted today. Look at some of the megafaunal species that existed in North America 10-13k ago. Look at the cataclysmic events unfolding during the End of the last Ice Age.
The CIA used "Psychedelics" to derail a legitimate anti-war movement in the 1960's - we call it the Peace/Love Movement. Portraying protestors as freeloading drug addicts with no grasp on economic realities. It succeeded wonderfully.
I see the same thing being used to derail legitimate research into Ancient Man. - Its aliens! They were drug addicts! They didn't know how to draw accurate human begins - they're so stupid!!!
Ultimately regardless of the design inspirations for Rock Art/Cave Paintings - collectively we need to start perceiving ancient man as a legitimate resource for information. Rather than the primitive apes they have been portrayed to be. While we may not understand the context - they are attempting to tell future generations something significant. In many cases to intentionally preserve it.
originally posted by: Hanslune
a reply to: 131415
One small comment: I would suggest that what may have done in the larger mammals were the people who came from Asia, and who brought with them, by way of their dogs, a virus that destroyed a great percentage of the larger mammals.
However, that is pure speculation.
I've read thousands of species of plant life ceased to exist … Some have even speculated Billions of Trees disappear from the geological record in North America … its probably a case that both Enormous Environmental Changes and the introduction of Clovis to dwindling conservations played a role.
Buried soils contain large reservoirs of organic carbon at depths that are not typically included in regional and global soil carbon inventories. One such palaeosol, the Brady soil of southwestern Nebraska, USA, is buried under six metres of loess. The Brady soil developed at the land surface on the late-Pleistocene-aged Peoria Loess in a period of warmth and wetness during which dunefields and dust sources across the region were stabilized2, 3. Abrupt climate change in the early Holocene led to increased loess deposition that buried the soil4. Here, we used spectroscopic and isotopic analyses to determine the composition and stability of organic carbon in the Brady soil. We identify high levels of black carbon, indicating extensive biomass burning. In addition, we found intact vascular plant lipids in soil organic matter with radiocarbon ages ranging from 10,500 to 12,400 cal yr BP, indicating decomposition was slowed by rapid burial at the start of the Holocene. We conclude that landscape disturbance caused by abrupt climate change, fire and the loss of vegetative cover contributed to deep carbon sequestration as the soil was quickly buried under accumulating loess. We suggest that terrestrial soil carbon storage in arid and semi-arid environments could undergo landscape-scale shifts in response to rising temperatures, increased fire activity or drought.
There are some interesting human fossils in Alaska they've found recently - using the isotopes found in hair signatures to suggest their diets consisted entirely of marine life. (They were making the case for arrival in the America's by boat).
originally posted by: 131415
A lot of stuff - if anything might be helpful to scroll through the photos. One should immediately come to notice that all over the world early humans are drawing the same things. In the same fashion. Using the same design aesthetics.
The only thing I can think of that would lend any credence to this worldwide phenomena being "drug" induced would be Mushrooms - they pretty much grow every/anywhere … though it still seems rather implausible to me that people all over the world are witnessing the same thing while in the same induced state.
originally posted by: punkinworks10
Thanks for the link to the pdf.
I'll peruse through it later, I'm of the opinion that s certain percentage of rock art is based on observation of celestial events. There is ample evidence for such an idea, but rock art spans a tremendous period of time, and the previously mentioned celestial events are discreet happenings.
But from the LGM (approx 25 k years ago) up to the early iron age (approx 6th century bc ) many celestial events can be traced to the break up of the Taurid progenitor comet, of which comet Enke is the surviving nugget.
Tales of dragons and feathered serpents, cosmic battles and cast down and vengeful angels can be traced to meteorite, asteroid and comet encounters.
originally posted by: Char-Lee
a reply to: Shiloh7
Its today with things like the church blocking the use of drugs incase someone decides to leave its fold as they can access a closer relationship with God via that experience, rather than no relationship just a token one through the priest.
If a person with unbiased eyes looks at the people who use such...shamans in tribal situations or anyone else it is clear that it does not cause a good outcome.
Watching the old black and whites of anthropologist trips into the backcountry you see these sorry drugged out groups of men sitting and doing zero for anyone. The same is true today...relationship with God...I don't think so, a person with a relationship with God is highly productive and you can see and feel the outcome of that relationship.
Hallucinatory drugs makes people stop living and live in a dream world. It hurts their families and takes them away from everyone.