Shaman's Herbal Hallucinogen a Fatal Lure for New Age Tourists

ShamanThe mother of a man who drowned while using a shamanic hallucinogenic drug has filed a lawsuit against the New Age spiritual retreat where the incident occurred. Garth Dickson, according to his mother, was under the influence of an herbal mixture known as ayahuasca (pronounced eye-uh-WAH-skuh) when he walked into Shasta Lake and drowned in 2012 while at a retreat called the White Flame Institute, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WorldPride festival embraces Canada’s aboriginal roots

WorldPride festival embraces Canada’s aboriginal rootsThere was a time when two-spirited people — as queer individuals are known in the aboriginal community — were embraced and revered by their own tribes. Then the European settlers came, along with their religious beliefs and values against homosexuals, turning the indigenous community against its two-spirit members, shoveling them into the closet.

Leaps into the Void: Group Show at Garis and Hahn Gallery

Leaps into the Void: Group Show at Garis and Hahn GalleryThe abstract patterns that were often displayed among depictions of wild animals, in ancient cave art, had been a real mystery to anthropologists for generations. Then, one fine day, an anthropologist in Africa was allowed to drink a hallucinogenic drug while entering into a trance induced by chanting, drumming and dancing. He soon realized that one aspect of his inner visions was a period of time in which he visualized the same types of abstract patterns he had seen in the famous caves in Europe dating back 30,000 years.

Archaeologists Say Cavemen Worshipped Meteorite After it Fell to Earth

Archaeologists Say Cavemen Worshipped Meteorite After it Fell to EarthA meteorite found in a 9,000-year-old hut believed to have belonged to a stone age shaman was probably worshipped by stone age man as a magical object. Archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Szczecin, in north west Poland, found the meteorite fragment inside the caveman house by lake Swidwe in Western Pomerania during excavations.

Ancient Mayan Altars, Sculpted Artwork Discovered in Guatemala

Ancient Mayan Altars, Sculpted Artwork Discovered in GuatemalaA team of archaeologists in Guatemala has discovered a council house dating back about 700 years with altars, incense burners and sculpted images of animals. Located at the site of Nixtun-Ch'ich' in Petén, Guatemala, the house has "two colonnaded halls constructed side by side.