The Tassili Mushroom Figure is a prehistoric rock painting found in the Tassili n’Ajjer mountain range of Algeria. It is believed to be one of the earliest depictions of hallucinogenic mushrooms in human history.
The painting, which dates back to around 4,000 BC, shows a figure with arms and legs outstretched, and a mushroom-shaped head. Some experts believe that the figure is a representation of a shaman or spiritual leader who consumed hallucinogenic mushrooms as part of a religious or cultural ritual.
The Tassili Mushroom Figure is just one of many examples of prehistoric rock art found in the Tassili n’Ajjer region, which is known for its remarkable collection of ancient art. The area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 in recognition of its cultural and natural significance.
The Tassili Mushroom Figure offers a fascinating glimpse into the beliefs and practices of ancient cultures and provides evidence of the long-standing human fascination with altered states of consciousness and the use of psychedelic substances.