Botanical Name: Amanita muscaria var. formosa
Other names: Fly Agaric
Family: Agaricaceae; subfamily Amanitaceae, Amanita section.
Distribution: Almost worldwide
There is no debate about the fact that the use of fly agaric mushroom incense is associated with shamanism. Over the past decades, it has become ever clearer that this mushroom was or is used throughout the world. In spite of all the efforts that have been made to prove it, Wasson’s thesis that the fly agaric was the renowned Soma of the Aryans is still unproved, as is the question of whether the fly agaric was the tree of knowledge. The suggestion that the fly agaric was in fact a secret means for Buddhist monks to induce states of enlightment remains speculation as well. Moreover, it is uncertain when the mushroom was first used for shamanic purposes. However, it has been possible to confirm that it had a shamanic significance in the Germanic regions. And it is possible that the fly agaric found in ritual use among the prehistoric Beaker people, who used Stonehenge as a ritual site.
Although the shamanic use of the fly agaric in Siberia was discovered only in the 18th century, it has been suggested that its use is rooted in the Stone Age and that it was used throughout Europe. Wasson has suggested that the fly agaric was well known and its shamanic usage was common throughout Asia before the Bering Straits were crossed. When the Paleo-Indian migrated into North America, they brought the fly agaric cult with them and continued it in the Americas. Traces of the fly agaric cult have been found in Mesoamerica, and it still exists in North America. The Siberian use of the fly agaric bears many similarities to the North American fly agaric cult of the Ojibwa Indians.
Our Amanita muscaria are higher quality because they're freshly harvested by knowledgeable family farmers, as well as they're stored in the cold and dark. It contains a high content of essential oils.
Our Amanita muscaria are ethically harvested by local family farmers.
Our products are of the highest quality but they have not been certified by the FDA neither Health Canada for human consumption. Therefore, we have to specify that they cannot be sold for human consumption. They are sold for incense and soap making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically. TrancePlants, its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.
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