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Breakthroughs since the 1980s in deciphering Palaeolithic cave paintings and showing the common origins of all cultures and religions


This work by Eric Walberg summarizes the breakthroughs since the 1980s in deciphering Palaeolithic cave paintings and showing the common origins of all cultures and religions. Walberg and others argue that religion began with shamanism and the mastering of altered states of consciousness either through specially gifted individuals’ ability to achieve altered states of consciousness or by the use of hallucinogens.

I’ve given the work an overhaul without adding or removing any of Walberg’s material. A more appropriate title is needed.

  • brain as receiver as well as generator of consciousness. -visions/ dreams (especially man-beast (therianthrope), other worlds) -> development of symbolic thought, awareness of spiritual world -> modern man.
  • Francis Crick won Nobel Prize in 1992 for his discovery of DNA in 1953 while on LSD – went from atheist to belief that life on earth was seeded with DNA by some alien civilization. -see his Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature (1982)
  • Q: is hallucination internal (physical eye, memories -> Freud, collective unconscious -> Jung, mere creativity) or external (mind as ‘tuned’ to channel, jini, fairies, other dimensions/ reality, earth colonized by alien DNA but from where?). -hallucinogens allow temporary retuning of brain.
  • Q: are benefits of shamanism from human mind or are shamans literally helped, taught, prompted and inspired by supernatural agents? 285. -high-tech virtual teachers encoded in one’s own DNA (i.e., internal to mind/body, but revealing the DNA encoded messages from pre-earth civilization, ‘spirits’ or virtual teachers broadcasting interactive lectures)?
  • in cave paintings, sense of independent world on other side of rock face. see only part of a figure and the rest hidden (also depictions underwater (unconscious as ocean), in sky). -superimposition of images ~ 3-d, floating.
  • cave simulates access to dark matter (95% of matter, a la ‘junk’ DNA versus gene-encoded DNA). -‘this world’ sensory deprivation allows better access to other world, other consciousness, other senses (sixth))
  • shaman’s trance as state of being ‘spoilt’ (-> ‘smashed’ when drunk).
  • San (!Kung) records 1870s Cape Town by German philologist Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd. -language now extinct. -seek knowledge of control of weather, movement of animals, battle with spiritual enemies, locate far-off friends, knowledge of pharmacological properties of plants, ability to heal, chants/ culture
  • shaman -2% of people able, but more with hallucinogens (same 2% with UFO-sighting stats and experiences (inserting needles in brain, painful experiments, interbreeding))
  • shaman’s bleeding nose (dry air, fasting) and piercings -hardships of shamanic experience.
  • man fully ‘evolved’ physically 200,000 years ago, including neurological capacity for altered states of consciousness, but first shamanic experiences recorded 40,000 years ago in cave/ rock paintings. use altered states of consciousness for good of community as a whole. -catalytic role in extracting our ancestors from the 5million – year torpor of hominid line, galvanized their intuition and creativity, helped them build stable and nurturing, non-violent society, set course for future evolution. 280.
  • San 1/2 of men, 1/3 of women shamans, also Tungus and South Americans (Ayahuasca), Greek Eleusian rituals (Persephone, Demeter, ergot), Europe psilocybin…
  • stages of trance – 1/ entoptic (patterns), 2/ people/ animals/ therianthropes, 3/ calm reflection with soft music, clouds.
  • David Lewis-Williams developed this insight in 1980s but refused to try drugs (but experiment is part of experiment in any case, even by his refusal to countenance experience). sceptic. -admitted therianthropes universal but localized (eland, jaguar, crocodile, …). -attributes hallucinations to memory and cultural background. reductionist.
  • pure DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) injection experiments by Rick Strassman (DMT: The Spirit Molecule (2001)). -subjects’ experiences recap shaman visions but as if the other world was computer full of info to be downloaded.
  • DNA a la 2 serpents intertwined. -encodes all cell-based life.
  • Jeremy Narby’s Cosmic Serpent (1999) postulates earth colonized by alien DNA (4.5billion years ago earth formed, cools 3.9billion years ago and immediately beginning of life -impossible as random event). -highest stage of evolution (consciousness/ unconscious) encoded then so man can eventually decode the mysteries of spiritual development/ technology, and even commune with those ancient aliens.
  • Zipf’s Law 1939 -word frequency-word rank straight line relationship with -1 slope for every human language. -log of ‘junk’ DNA redundancy frequency-rank also, i.e., DNA like language (gene-encoded DNA no redundancy, i.e., formula)
  • Jesus shaman, half-human, half-divine hybrid, crucifixion, piercing, resurrection as spiritualised being. -Lourdes near Palaeolithic cave paintings. ‘while lady’ = Mary. St Nicolas shaman -red-white agaric mushroom down yurt chimney, he flies with reindeer.
  • imperceptible electromagnetic field changes can trigger temporary altered states of consciousness, DMT in all living creatures. -explains mass visions.
  • spiders weave intricate webs on LSD, ants nurture beetle which secretes fluid which makes them dopey, moths in Arizona favour nectar of datura flowers. i.e., gene-encoded DNA common to all.
  • near death experiences confirm


  • David Lewis-Williams (2004) The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art
  • David Lewis-Williams and D. G. Pearce (2004) San Spirituality: Roots, Expression, and Social Consequences (African Archaeology Series)
  • David Lewis-Williams (2009) Inside the Neolithic Mind: Consciousness, Cosmos and the Realm of the Gods
  • David Lewis-Williams (2010) Conceiving God: The Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion 
  • David Lewis-Williams and Jean Clottes (2010) Los chamanes de la prehistoria
  • David Lewis-Williams (2011) Deciphering Ancient Minds: The Mystery of San Bushmen Rock Art
  • FRANCIS CRICK (1982) Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature
  • Graham Hancock (2006) Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind
  • Jean Clottes and David Lewis-Williams (1998) The Shamans of Prehistory
  • Jeremy Narby (1999) The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge
  • Rick Strassman (2000) DMT: The Spirit Molecule

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