Category Archives: History

Jesus Was a Mushroom: Musical Edition

I’ve mentioned before that John Allegro thinks Jesus was a mushroom (he’s not the only one, but he wrote the book on it). Apparently someone else found this amusing and wrote this song about it: Advertisements

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The Power of Poison

While in New York City, I made the obligatory visit to the American Museum of Natural History, which is currently having an exhibit seemingly made just for me – The Power of Poison. I looked all over for Amanita, but … Continue reading

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Mushrooms, Reindeer, Shamans and Santa

Worth watching for the depiction of bemushroomed reindeer.

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Santa’s high again

It’s almost Christmas, which means it’s time for a round of “Santa Claus is a metaphor for fly agaric mushrooms” stories on the internet. Discerning readers will note that it’s always the same few scholars being quoted for these – … Continue reading

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The Mushroom in Christian Art

Here it is, another “Jesus was a mushroom” book. I swear, A. muscaria gets into people’s brains and makes them obsessed, they see mushrooms in everything (not that I know what’s that like, not at all). The Mushroom in Christian … Continue reading

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Sacred Weeds

Sacred Weeds was a 1998 British documentary series covering several psychoactive substances and their use throughout history and today. Here is the episode on Amanita muscaria, including a set of volunteers taking the mushroom as a test.

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Freud and Mushrooms

Psychoanalyst Dan Merkur discusses Sigmund Freud’s fascination with the fungi kingdom in his paper “Freud’s Mushroom Hunting” (click for PDF). Of their frequent forays together, Freud’s son Martin said: “Father would have done some scouting earlier to find a fruitful … Continue reading

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