Complexity and Vision: The Staff God at Chavín de Huántar and Beyond

Archaeological site of Chavín de Huántar (photo: Julio Martinich, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) The artistic style seen in stone sculpture and architectural decoration at the temple site of Chavín de Huántar is deliberately complex, confusing, and esoteric. By Dr. Sarahh Scher / 09.27.2018 Visiting Lecturer in Art History Salem State University Art for the Initiated The artistic style seen in stone[…]

Moche Human Sacrifice: The Role of Funerary and Warrior Sacrifice in Moche Ritual Organization

Despite the extensive study of Moche iconography, the motivations behind the practice remain poorly understood By Christina Taggart The University of Western Ontario Introduction Human sacrifice has been an enduring topic of interest to archaeologists, as it embodies an extreme representation of the exotic ‘other’ and offers considerable insight into past ritual behaviour and ideological organization.[…]

‘A Ghost in Daylight’: Drug Literature and Two Centuries of Gothic Convention

British Library, Public Domain Examining how drug literature—writing on drugs by drug users—has consistently resorted to Gothic conventions, images and atmospheres for 200 years.    By Dr. Jayson Althofer (left) and Dr. Brian Musgrove (right) / 09.04.2018 Abstract This article examines how drug literature—writing on drugs by drug users—has consistently resorted to Gothic conventions, images and[…]

Historical and Cultural Aspects of Humanity’s Relationship with Addictive Drugs

Fragment of a Tomb Painting with Seated Woman Holding a Blue Lotus, ca. 1539-1425 B.C.E. / Photo by Peter Roan, Brooklyn Museum, Flickr, Creative Commons Our taste for addictive psychoactive substances is attested to in the earliest human records. By Dr. Marc-Antoine Crocq Psychiatrist Centre Hospitalier de Rouffach Abstract Our taste for addictive psychoactive substances is[…]