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Category Archives: History
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:
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
Worth watching for the depiction of bemushroomed reindeer.
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
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
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.
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