Mushrooms (Shrooms)

How far back the consumption of magic mushrooms goes is relatively unknown and open largely to interpretation.  The idea of the true date and origin of use vary widely, and those that study mushroom use and history base their individual thoughts off of ancient rock formations, buildings, drawings, and interpretations of writings.  Today, many have set out to interpret and investigate mushroom use as a part of almost every ancient religion.

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South Eastern Turkey: Gobekli Tepe- Recently excavated revealing evidence making it easy to believe that shrooms were used here and that some parts were constructed to mirror the shape of mushrooms.  This is thought by some to be one of the earliest areas for mushroom use.

500-1000 BCE

  • Mushrooms possibly even before and from the earliest recorded history
  • Evidence of mushroom stone carvings and mushroom temples
  • Mostly in Mexico and Guatemala
  • Many ideas of ancient mushroom use are subject to researchers and users opinions
  • Use of psilocybin mushrooms were common in religious practices in Central and South America
  • Often used by Shamans
  • Indians consider mushrooms sacred
    • Were considered etheogens, leading them on a larger encounter with the spiritual world (causing God to be within them)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • The use of mushrooms was published in a Regveda and Avesta- religious hymns and text
    • Soma in the Rig Veda was thought to actually be shrooms
  • Ancient greek celebrations of Eleusis were thought to really be shroom festivals
  • Fly argic mushrooms- thought to even be a part of religions
  • Traditional stories can often be interpreted with mushrooms at the center of importance
    • Jesus ate them at the last supper instead of bread and wine
    • Suggested that there is secret languages to show the importance of mushrooms
      • Religion was concerned with food and procreation
        • Rain water=semen
        • fertilizes the land- aka the mushrooms
        • Thus consumption makes you closer to God
  • Eventually, Catholicism frowned upon mushroom use and temporarily kept it at a minimum

Additional Information:

Amanita muscaria- Fly argic mushroom

The most common mushroom in the world

1291- Drawings of Fresco in France possibly depicting Adam and Eve with Fly argic shrooms

1967-Russian archeologist discovered ancient Siberian mushroom/human petroglyphs of mushrooms and women with mushrooms on their heads

Indian and Greek mythology depict cyclops and other strange “monsters” with are likely depicting the results of mushroom use by pregnant women- results in holoprosencephaly


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Research (Writing) Conducted by: Sarah Eichenlaub