An early Spanish trip

In Spain they have discovered cave paintings where it appears that mushrooms if ingested that induce hallucinations have been depicted from 6,000 years ago.  In another 6,000 years perhaps archaeologists  will discover a packet of fags and a pint of beer.

“EUROPEANS may have used magic mushrooms to liven up religious rituals 6000 years ago. So suggests a cave mural in Spain, which may depict fungi with hallucinogenic properties – the oldest evidence of their use in Europe.

The Selva Pascuala mural, in a cave near the town of Villar del Humo, is dominated by a bull. But it is a row of 13 small mushroom-like objects that interests Brian Akers at Pasco-Hernando Community College in New Port Richey, Florida, and Gaston Guzman at the Ecological Institute of Xalapa in Mexico. They believe that the objects are the fungi Psilocybe hispanica, a local species with hallucinogenic properties.

Like the objects depicted in the mural, P. hispanica has a bell-shaped cap topped with a dome, and lacks an annulus – a ring around the stalk. “Its stalks also vary from straight to sinuous, as they do in the mural,” says Akers (Economic BotanyDOI: 10.1007/s12231-011-9152-5).

This isn’t the oldest prehistoric painting thought to depict magic mushrooms, though. An Algerian mural that may show the species Psilocybe mairei is 7000 to 9000 years old.”

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7 Responses to An early Spanish trip

  1. Smoking Hot says:

    Nah, they were used 1000’s of years before that but they were so out of their head they couldn’t paint. 🙂

  2. Junican says:

    About time you had your own site, Dave. Eventually, the actual facts will gain prominence.

    This is off your topic, Dave, but I hope that you do not mind.

    Philip Morris has opened a website in Australia for the defence of smokers. The URL is:

    Here is a copy of a comment that I have just posted on Frank Davis’s site:

    “”I too was surprised that comments were limited, but then I thought that, if the site is a success, there could be tens of thousands all talking to no purpose. As it happens, I have just been over there again and clicked on LATEST NEWS. Two of the four items were newspaper articles on which one could comment. Perhaps Philip Morris’s idea is to point out these articles for ‘members’ of the PM site to comment on.

    I looked at the comments on the two articles and was amazed at the overwhelming numerical superiority of anti-smoking comments. On one of the articles (about plain packaging), of 132 comments, only 4 were against the idea. The other article (re smoking in the open air) also was very anti-smoker – the hatred was palpable.

    Being a bit of a conspiracy theorist, the thought crossed my mind that ASH (or the AU equivalent) is aware of this Philip Morris site and is deliberately targeting any article mentioned on the site. Certainly, the comments there bear no relation to our experience in the UK where opinion is prominently against the Nanny State. Also, the ignorance of facts as regards SHS was astonishing.

    I tried a little detective work on the comments and found that on the article with 132 comments, the vast majority started to pour in at 4pm and then abruptly ceased at 7pm. Very few comments were made after that. The last comment there, a few days later, was the one which referred to their being 132 comments and only 4 which supported the author of the article.

    I am going to go back there everyday, check the LATEST NEWS and kick butt – hit them with facts and call the ‘stinkers’ rotten. I think that we should all do it. The URL for the Aussie site again is:

    I’m going to copy this comment to other sites, Frank – Leg Iron and co. I think we should wake the Aussies up a bit.””

    I think that the idea is clear.

    Good luck with the site.

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