Therianthropes (creatures that are half man and half beast) proliferate in Egyptian art. The creatures are part insect, part bird, or part mammal, and they are seen in ancient art not only in Egypt but in caves all over the planet. The painted therianthropes attest to encounters with the spirit world that were probably brokered with the use of psychedelic plants.
The image above is painted on the doorway to Sennedjem’s tomb. You can see him in the image holding a large sceptre. Iyneferti has her hands on his shoulders. They are being offered blue lotus flowers by young children.
It is possible that the blue lotus was consumed in ancient Egypt along with madrake root and poppy seeds to induce a hallucinogenic state. Initiates to the blue lotus would have gathered valuable information about the afterlife, the cosmos, and the spirit world through their vision journeys.