For the title of oldest extant song, most historians point to “Hurrian Hymn No. 6,” an ode to the goddess Nikkal that was composed in cuneiform by the ancient Hurrians sometime around the 14th century B.C.
The first recorded exchange of a dowry occurs in 3,000 BCE.
Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument. It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago.
The roots of ibogaine trace all the way back to Africa where the naturally occurring psychoactive substance has been used for thousands of years. It is especially sacred to the Bwiti tribe of Cameroon and the Gabon region where they use the substance as a natural healer and in rites of passage ceremonies.
These permanent designs—sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal—have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment.
The tomb was now considered a place of transformation in which the soul would leave the body to go on to the afterlife.
Originating in China almost 6,000 years ago, Feng Shui, also referred to as “Geomancy”, literally means “wind” (Feng) and “water” (Shui).
In 1976, archaeologists unearthed gold jewellery in the Bulgarian Black sea city of Varna, which they claimed was the world’s oldest gold artifact ever found.
The Cairn de Barnenez (known also as Barnenez Mound or Barnenez Tumulus) is one of the oldest structures in the world that is still standing.
Writers on ayahuasca have often proposed that the use of the drink is very ancient; the date of about 5000 years BP recurs frequently.
Predating Stonehenge by 6,000 years, Turkey’s stunning Gobekli Tepe upends the conventional view of the rise of civilization
Tribes of a few hundred or less began to emerge 13,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent with harvests of abundant wild cereals.
Broadly defined, mysticism can be found in all religious traditions, from indigenous religions and folk religions like shamanism, to organised religions like the Abrahamic faiths and Indian religions, and modern spirituality, New Age and New Religious Movements.
Known only as Mungo Man, an individual who walked the earth some 42,000 years ago provides us with what is believed to be the earliest example of cremation in human history.
The flutes, made from bird bone and mammoth ivory, come from a cave in southern Germany which contains early evidence for the occupation of Europe by modern humans – Homo sapiens.
A 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton discovered in a cave in France was intentionally buried.