Sunday, July 09, 2006
And this is how people got high in ancient Japan.
Fascinating bit at Yoshinogari was the area set aside for the priests/shamans/prophesiers [prophesyers?]... well, whatever you want to call it.
Having read enough odd books regarding the use of psychotropics by shamans and seers, and the various methods of inducing altered states of consciousness, it was intriguing to see all the key bits [sensory/light deprivation, change inducing music/harmonics/chanting, burners for incense and - most likely - *other* substances] hit in the setup of the historical recreation, all the while not actually indicating what most historians now recognize - the use of mind altering substances to connect to religion and spirit in most early societies and cultures.
Posted by Rob Pugh at 7/09/2006 09:27:00 PM