The secret ancient passages of the Andes may have been used in rituals involving psychedelics

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

This is the first time in about 3,000 years that these specific hidden structures have been explored; some of the dark and isolated 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, an archaeologist at Stanford University who led the study.

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