[A] sacred-scientific, psychedelic future
Every human culture since prehistory has had experiences with mind-altering substances, which could be one of the earliest indicators of religious formation.
The Tassili n’Ajjer National Park in south-east Algeria is home to ancient rock art carvings (7,000 – 9,000 years old) that point to a lengthy, deep relationship between humans and psychedelic mushrooms. These reflect what was most likely a ritualistic ceremony to ingest a sacrament for mind-altering experiences… Ritual dancing is not the only way the rock art carvings portray mushrooms. An affinity with animals, especially of the four-legged bovine kind, is clear in other examples. This points to a symbiotic relationship between ancient humans constantly following large herds and the mushrooms that grow on the dung of these animals.