Episode #4…20: Cave Mystery Schools, Shamanism and Psychedelics, Myths of the Underworld.
It’s funny they are acting like this is some “groundbreaking new insight”, when it is basically the same ideas presented in the 1998 book THE SHAMANS OF PREHISTORY, THE MIND IN THE CAVE (2002), and INSIDE THE NEOLITHIC MIND (2005), all written by David Lewis Williams.
“The paper posits that the Paleolithic artisans were motivated by the transformative nature of the subterranean, oxygen-depleted space; there they could communicate with nonhuman entities inhabiting the underworld. They were making the drawings not for the tribe to see, but for keeping and maintaining their relationships with the cosmos.”
Less than 180 miles from Cancun’s spectacular beaches, through a nearly roadless stretch of mosquito-crowded jungle, lies a mysterious dark cave that is home to a species of blind, deaf snakes that feed mainly on flying bats.
This wooden figurative statue with a number of mask-like faces was carved thousands of years ago, and preserved for millennia in the acidic, antimicrobial environment of the Shigir peat bog in the Ural Mountains in Russia. New dating techniques place the statue at nearly 12,000 years old.