Fly Agaric Mushroom Amanita Muscaria

Since prehistoric times, ancient peoples have used the red-capped, white-spotted hallucinogenic mushroom called fly agaric (so named because a substance in the mushroom kills flies) as part of shamanistic rituals. Shamans were priests who acted as a the link to the spirit world. After drinking the extract from this mushroom, shamans translated the divine will and prophecies of the gods for their fellow tribesmen. Since this mushroom is native to Siberia, some say the word shaman originated there with these rites. It is hypothesized that Siberian nomads brought shamanism to the Americas when they journeyed across the Bering Strait about 15,000 years ago.

Other interesting history tells us that Norse Vikings ate fly agaric before going into battle to produce "ecstatic reckless rage" for which they earned the nickname berserkers. Reindeer of that region still fight each other over the chance to eat these mycologic mysteries. This psychedelic mushroom is so potent that the urine of those animals, which is ingested by humans, is just as hallucinogenic as the mushroom itself. Therefore, the drug could be, and was, recycled among tribal members.

The importance of the fly agaric mushroom extends throughout the world. The Hindu holy book, Rig Veda, mentions soma, a sacred substance used to induce higher levels of consciousness. Soma is thought to have been derived

The red-capped, white-spotted mushroom known as fly agaric has been consumed throughout the ages for its hallucinogenic effects. Shamans from Siberia used these mushrooms as a link to the spiritual world, Vikings ate fly agaric mushrooms before going into battle, and Hindu scriptures make reference to its use to achieve higher levels of consciousness.

from the juice of the fly agaric mushroom, and it is believed to have been brought to the ancient tribes of India about 3,500 years ago by Aryan invaders who worshipped the hallucinogen and drank its extract during sacred rites.

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