Riding Windhorses

“A more potent hallucinogen, the mukhomor [Russian name for A. muscaria] mushroom, has been connected with Siberian and Mongolian shamanism from ancient times. While mushrooms are not always consumed during shamanist rituals, shamans may consume the dried mushrooms in order to achieve ecstasy during times between rituals.”

from Riding Windhorses: A Journey into the Heart of Mongolian Shamanism by Sarangerel

I wonder if they feel the mushroom is more conducive to private exploration than more structured healing rituals, or if there’s another reason it’s used primarily between rituals.

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