Achieving an altered
consciousness or rather experiencing a 'high' through an overdose of drugs was
up to now believed to be peculiar to the modern age. A new study conducted by a
team of researchers from Tokyo proves otherwise. The paper published in
'Adaptive Behavior' had conclusive evidence to claim that prehistoric men consumed
plants during certain rituals.
The researcher took into
consideration the cave markings from around the world and carefully observed
the patterns drawn by these prehistoric
men. They found that there were
similarities between these drawings and what the modern day humans drew when
under the influence of drugs. Also, they further noted that irrespective of the
surrounding environment, this pattern of peculiar drawings was consistent
throughout all the caves
that were studied across the world.
The researchers speculate that
this 'High' was achieved by the consumption of certain plants that have similar
hallucinogenic and mind-altering effects. The paper states; "The prevalence of
certain geometric patterns in the symbolic material culture of many prehistoric
cultures, starting shortly after the emergence of our biological species and
continuing in some indigenous cultures until today, is explained in terms of
the characteristic contents of biologically determined hallucinatory experience".
researchers also believe that this behavior may have been adapted by
prehistoric men considering the fact that the human brain
has a tendency to see
and create certain shapes and patterns when in altered consciousness
study shows that man has always been preoccupied with achieving a 'high'
through the use of psychedelic drugs