Pharaonic Egypt is the best known example with several animal-headed gods. In the Mayan culture, Quetzalcoatl was the ‘Feathered Serpent’ god. Many Greek and Roman gods and mythological creatures were mermaid-like. Scylla was a guardian of the Strait between Sicily and the Italian mainland. Dagon, a god of the Philistines, was half man, half fish.
Fu Xi in Chinese myth, also half human and half fish, was the inventor of writing, fishing and trapping. The first incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu was named Matsya again half man and half fish. The Dogon tribe of Mali, Africa venerate the humanoid fish creatures called Nommo, said to be ancestral spirit deities. Sedna is a mermaid-like goddess of the Arctic Inuit.
Paintings created by users of ayahuasca will often show creatures that are part reptile-part human, some part human and part ape. Patients with temporal lobe epilepsy have reported ‘visions’ of ’heavenly beings’ (see post: Epilepsy and the Divine). People who have ingested DMT, whether synthetically made or derived from plants (ayahuasca), recount encounters with supernatural or alien beings.
But there is one drug derived from the root of a plant from Central Africa that, in terms of vision and ‘ecstasy’ is very special.
It is a substance that, when taken in the correct fashion and quantity, is a ‘Drug to See the Dead‘.
*Paranormal experience: subject of research for the novel The Tao of the Thirteenth God – Amazon Kindle.