Secret ancient Andean passageways may have been used in rituals involving psychedelics

Secret ancient Andean passageways may have been used in rituals involving psychedelics

Archaeologists have revealed a complex of passageways and galleries hidden deep within the ancient temple complex of Chavín de Huántar in the Peruvian Andes. Researchers believe the network of chambers and galleries was used in religious rituals, possibly involving psychedelic drugs.

This is the first time in about 3,000 years that these particular hidden structures have been explored; some of the dark, secluded chambers may have been used for sensory deprivation, while some of the larger galleries appear to have been used for idol worship, said John Rick, a Stanford University archaeologist leading the research.

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