Psychedelic Mushrooms and Religion

For instance, a group of rock paintings by pre-neolithic Early Gatherers in the Sahara Desert repeatedly depict mushroom effigies. The polychromic scenes of harvest, adoration and the offering of mushrooms, and large masked gods covered with mushrooms, not to mention other significant details, lead us to suppose we are dealing with an ancient psychedelic mushroom cult.

What is remarkable about ethnomycological works like this, produced 7,000 - 9,000 years ago, is that they could indeed reflect the most ancient human culture as yet documented in which the ritual use of psychedelic mushrooms is explicitly represented. As the Fathers of modern ethno-mycology (and in particular R. Gordon Wasson) imagined, this Saharian testimony shows that the use of hallucinogens goes back to the Paleolithic Period and that their use always takes place within contexts and rituals of a mystico-religious nature.

In the picture, mushroom effigies dating from 1000 B.C. to 500 A.D. depict specific animal and human deities inside the mushroom. Such deities would have most likely been envisioned under the influence of psychedelic mushrooms.