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|Ancient Altered States|
Director: Ancient Misteries
Genres: Television, Documentary
Since mankind's beginning, and in every civilization, human beings have found ways to alter their consciousness in search of something "greater" than everyday reality. To this end, we have indulged in and experimented with... more »
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Superficial, bad job.
J. Michael | Now Born | 12/01/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary purports to examine the various methods by which man has attempted to alter his everyday consciousness and achieve some sort of transcendent spiritual experience. There are many ways to do this, and the video mentioned a few, such as trance dancing, self-infliction of pain, and the ingestion of alcohol and psychotropic drugs. Some other methods that should have been mentioned include glossolalia, traditional meditative prayer, chant, isolation, fasting, etc. However, the only method this documentary actually talked about was drug use. I admit it was pretty interesting to see Peruvian Indians ingesting mescaline through their nostrils, but the video should have been entitled "Religious experience and drugs" or something to that effect. The title led me to expect something a bit more comprehensive, but all it offers is 50 minutes of superficial discussion on drugs. Skip it and read Henry James instead."