Ancient temples designed for tripping


24 Responses to “Ancient temples designed for tripping”

  1. nutbastard says:

    I once tripped hard in a 2 acre hay-maze with a couple hundred other similarly inebriated revelers. It was extremely disorienting and even more extremely awesome for it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    In ancient Egypt, temple complexes included underground chambers with walls lined in clay that were kept cool and moist. Priests, nearly everyone shaved their body hair and became a priest for at least a year of their lives, would take a hallucinogen and be left in the underground chamber to be visited by gods. The clay was left soft so that they could draw on the walls while they were tripping. Many of these now-hardened walls remain, and yes, they’re completely trippy. See the work of Egyptologist Richard Wilkinson for more information.

  3. Ghede says:

    For a second, I thought you meant the ancient temples were designed with the most passive aggressive security system ever. The bottom step of every stair is loose and wobbly, long corridors end with a series of tiles that are just slightly askew, so you are encouraged to run and fall. A pressure plate that activates a tripwire, that just doesn’t break.

  4. momus_98 says:

    The same tricks happen today: Faith healers prey on the gullible using fancy robes, chanting, and a bunch of magic to convince people their woo worked.

    Problem is, it’s the woo-meister that has vanished, not the pain (or disease, etc.).

    Same thing applies to haunted houses and the like. Sorry Mr. Copperfield, but the mind is the best illusionist there is.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Well, it could easily have been peyote, because there was quite extensive trade throughout the Americas. It would only take a couple of trades and it could have easily been cultivated in gardens and such. Not that this all matters though, there are hallucinogens (by themselves or in mixtures) practically everywhere on earth.

  6. malathion says:

    According to what I have heard, Peyote doesn’t grow south of the Sonoran Desert. There are other plants that could have been used, of course.

    • faience says:

      Not likely to be ayahuasca as suggested below but San Pedro Cactus which is depicted on some of the art at Chavin de Huantar. It was mixed with datura to make a halluncingenic drink that is still used today by local curanderos or brujos.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yes. You can see this plant growing at the site. No danger in eating it raw it must be processed for quite a while before using it. It is still used in the coastal areas to the northwest of Chavin.

  7. Anonymous says:

    The genius in this research for some time now is Paul Devereux. I went to a lecture of his years ago, and it was mind-boggling, a whole new dimension to ancient religious ceremony. I highly recommend his book “Stone Age Soundtracks”, or a look at his website:

  8. hassenpfeffer says:

    Hmm, I think the architect of my office building must be a reincarnated Mayan temple-builder; I feel disoriented and sick every time I walk in the door to work.

  9. humanresource says:

    The people who thought up this incredible architecture in the first place and actually built it were TRIPPING BALLS. I don’t think that’s getting enough emphasis here. Architects and designers, please take note.

  10. Major Variola (ret) says:

    When I used to trip, it was all about getting into nature. We went hiking.

    Since these people spent their ordinary time in the bush, its not surprising they sought techno weirdness.

    I’ll stay with the chaparall, if I am brave enough again.

    If it looks sharp, it probably is.

  11. grikdog says:

    These stone heads must come with display cards (written in proto-Mayan of course) if you can tell a head with beans stuffed up its nose depicts mucus trails when it’s clearly snot.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Now we have artist James Turrell building the modern equivalent:

    • Cowicide says:

      It’s always best to have strippers at the controls whenever you’re strapped down and loaded into a psychedelic deprivation spheroid experiment.

  13. Jesse M. says:

    See the work of Egyptologist Richard Wilkinson for more information.

    There are a few books by Richard Wilkinson, which one has information on Egyptian tripped-out clay etchings?

  14. Major Variola (ret) says:

    “Priests, nearly everyone shaved their body hair and became a priest for at least a year of their lives, would take a hallucinogen and be left in the underground chamber to be visited by gods.”

    We just called it undergrad hazing.

  15. Ambiguity says:

    Yes, it wouldn’t be peyote. In the highland there are many Trichochereus species (“San Pedro”). In the lowland there and many possibilities (some of the oldest hallucinogenic remains found have been yopo snuffs (made from the Anadenanthera species). Ayahuasca is a possibility, but there is little archaeological evidence on it’s use, and I wouldn’t think it would be the most likely plant preparation used.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Peyote and mucous trails indicating psychedelic experiences? Have I missed out on something? Actually for Chavin the most likely plants used would be Ayahuasca, brought up from the Amazon, or, much more likely, Huachuma (San Pedro), which grows rather nicely in the area of Chavin.

  17. Chaoskitten says:

    No hallucinogenics involved, but still the use of clever architecture to induce awe and the impression of magic… Hero of Alexandria built a temple where an air/water pressure chamber was placed in an altar beneath a sacrificial fire… you light the fire, the air expands, pushing water into a bucket which fills, pulling open the temple doors… the fire goes out, the air in the chamber cools, sucking the water back out of the bucket and closing the temple doors. Poor parishoners walk away, certain they’ve witnessed concrete proof of a supernatural presence when they’ve really witnessed awesome engineering. What a dude.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Faience is correct about the San Pedro.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I studied this culture some years back and in a memorable class it was postulated that the underground passages at a temple to the crocodile god would occasionally roar as water passed through them, which could have been utilized when times were favourable, to emphasize the voice of said god.

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