Authors:Katalin Sebők, Norbert Faragó, Zsigmond Hajdú, Alexandra Anders, Pál Raczky, and Judit Kovács
Most of the 68 wells uncovered on the single-layer horizontal settlement lying adjacent to the tell at Polgár-Csőszhalom did not contain any unusual finds. A few wells, however, yielded remarkable assemblages that can be interpreted as intentional, structured depositions. One of these was Feature 272, a well lying some 80–90 m from the one-time water shore, which contained a remarkably high number of vessels, most of which were lavishly ornamented. The form and the contents of this well suggest that it represents the archaeological imprint of a series of ritual acts performed according to a set of strict rules and the structured deposition of the ritual paraphernalia.
Authors:José M. Rodríguez Arce and Marco A. Arce cerdas
with other shamanic tools such as diverse noisemakers, staffs, and ceramic stamps, which would lend further support to the idea that psychoactive drug use was linked to ritualactivities.
An interesting feature of some of the inhalers examined
Many of the Urartian
inscriptions contain references to the ritual praxis of the Urartians. These
inscriptions deal with the foundation of cities, fortresses or agricultural
projects. According to the texts, many ritual activities had been prescribed
step by step, when a part of an establishment was finished. Many of them refer
to the yearly agricultural activities or the calendar, e.g. the budding or
harvesting. There are phrases in these ritual contexts furthermore, which are
opposed to each other, e.g. “deserted”, “inhabited” or “enemy”, “own”. The
study compares the ritual processes that are attached to the meaning of
different ritual transitions and binary opposites.
identify the gendered aspects of ritualactivities, where women (presumably the wife) provide sober support for the increasingly inebriated husband. Evidence for the intoxicating effects comes from depictions of glazed eyes, vomiting, and falling; the
Authors:Katalin Sebők, Attila Kreiter, and Orsolya Viktorik
-Dunántúlon. Doktori disszertáció kézirata. Budapest.
P. Barna, J.–Pásztor, E. 2011 Different ways of using space: Traces of domestic and ritualactivities at a Late Neolithic settlement at Sormás-Török-földek. DocPrae 38, 185
ritualactivities and visionary experiences.
The evidence for the ancient ritual consumption of psychedelic plants and their influence on human evolution is partially substantiated by the converging evidence reviewed here: 1. Psilocybin
sleep deprivation, accompanied by ritualactivities to call the spirits.
Dismemberment as psychological transformation
The shaman’s death-and-rebirth experiences represent processes of psychological transformation that occurs
psychoactive snuff powders was widespread in Central and South America and diffused to the Caribbean where it played an important role in ritualactivities. In addition to tobacco, hallucinogenic powders are today used in various regions, mainly obtained from