The Amanita Muscaria – The fly mushroom.
Do you remember the bright red mushroom in fairy story books with the white spots and stem? Well, imagine my surprise when I saw one whilst walking through the woods today in La Cumbrecita. They are eye-catching and you cannot miss them. I have never seen one in real life! I wanted to reach out and touch it but Andrey told me they are poisonous. I remember someone once said that all beautiful things in nature are most likely poisonous. But I was still curious about this mushroom and it didn´t take long to find my answers on Google.
This fairy-kingdom mushroom is commonly known as the Amanita muscaria or Fly mushroom. It is not commonly known in the Southern Hemisphere. They have been introduced here by accident. In fact they have been around for more than 6,000 years and have been adopted by many cultures! This mushroom is believed to have been used by the Vikings and is known to be used by tribesmen in Siberia.
The Amanita Muscaria ritual.
In Siberia the Shamans eat the mushroom to enter a clairvoyant trance state and mobilize their shamanic powers of healing. They also eat it when they want to communicate with the souls of the ancestors or spirits. They eat 1 to 3 mushrooms and after 20 minutes the effects kick in. Some tribes also recycle the urine of a person that has consumed the mushroom and give it to people who cannot afford to buy the Amanita Muscaria. Juk!
So what are the effects of the Amanita Muscaria?
The effects are highly unpredictable. It varies from divine to hellish or completely absent. I found this on an internet site who are selling the mushroom powder:
“We recommend that Amanita muscaria mushrooms are taken only when you’re in a good frame of mind as this can have positive effects on the trip. Because of its unpredictability this mushroom is recommended only for advanced entheogen users, preferably with some experience with Psilocybe mushrooms. ”
Anyway they say that you can experience extreme sweating, nausea, vivid dreams, energy and ecstatic.
Now I understand why they call it the Fly Mushroom!
Where: La Cumbrecita,Cordoba,Argentina
When: 15 April 2011