Psychedelic reindeer

21 09 2011



18 09 2011

This is a clip from Duncan Trussell’s Comedy Central Pilot “Thunderbrain.”

Buddhism & Psychedelics

11 06 2011

Below is a 10 minute video of Buddhist scholar and lama, Mike Crowley, discussing sacred elixirs in Buddhist and Hindu history, followed by an excellent, recent 1-hour interview with him going deeper into this fascinating topic, conducted by Jan Irvin of Gnostic Media.


And click here for the Gnostic Media interview.  This is must-listen for anyone interested in Buddhism or Hinduism.

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Radical Mycology – Spore Liberation Front Primer

6 01 2011

Via Permaculture Media Blog:

A new zine from the Spore Liberation Front exploring the numerous uses for mushrooms and their implications for ecoactivists and other Earth friendly folk. From food to medicine to paper and dyes to the amazing new field of mycorememdiation (the use of mushrooms to clean up oil spills and restore damaged habitats), this zine gives a thorough overview of the greater fungi with a novel, radical perspective.”

Mushrooms, Santa & The Birth of a Sun

24 12 2010

NPR Morning Edition speaks a couple minutes about Fly Agaric mushrooms and Christmas.

Some extension and commentary:

Fly Agaric mushrooms only grow under pine trees and birch, which is why we use birch branches as Christmas decorations, and why we put a pine tree in our home with brightly colored gifts underneath (the fly agarics are the brightest red you’ve ever seen).  In Lapland Siberia, the village elder or shaman would go out and collect these intoxicating mushrooms to bring good cheer during the cold dark solstice season, like we enjoy a nice schnapps.  He or she would find the bright red mushrooms under the pine trees (like presents), pluck them and place them on the boughs of the tree to dry a bit and go back and collect them all later in his satchel (drying made them lighter and easier to carry more).  This is why we place ornaments on the boughs.  In fact, before Coca Cola promoted the red and white theme, antique, turn-of-the-century Christmas ornaments from Germany and nearby were actually replicas of the amanita mushroom or the head of a man with a white beard and red hat with white polka dots. (140 examples)

Since the front door of the yurt was often snowed over the shaman would enter through the smoke hole / chimney to distribute the mushrooms.  Because these mushrooms are less toxic and more psychoactive when dried, people would put them in stockings and hang them over the fireplace to dry overnight.  If you burned them into black chunks of ‘coal’ you were probably naughty this year but if you were nice you got some happy treats.   This is where the stocking tradition comes from.

As NPR pointed out, reindeer love these mushrooms for their psychoactivity too, and the Siberians have long refered to them as “flying reindeer” because shamanic flight, astral projection, out-of-body experiences go hand in hand with psychedelic plant traditions.  (That guy at the end who dismisses all of this in favor of the Coca-Cola explanation is quite the nincompoop.)

The other aspects of Christmas are largely astrological (tree-top star = Polaris, Spiral of popcorn or candy around tree = Draco) but the great majority of America’s favorite, Christian, family friendly holiday, from red & white candy canes to Rudolf, is almost entirely based on a mushroom cult!


♥ ♥ ♥   Merry Christmas!!!   ♥ ♥ ♥

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For more information of the astrological and shamanic origins of Christmas check out this excerpt from The Pharmacratic Inquisition:

Soma-shroom-enhanced art experience for sale in Berlin

25 10 2010

via Clark Heinrich via Gawker:

Carsten Holler, the artist who made the hanging Amanita sculptures–

Is now offering the “soma” experience for a price:

Soon You Can Pay $1,400 To Eat Magic Mushrooms

A new installation at Berlin’s Museum for Contemporary Art, by Carsten Höller, will soon offer vistiors a chance to pay 1,000 euros to eat shrooms and sleep in a “floating hotel room on a platform shaped like a mushroom.”

Boy, what a deal! The Museum told Reuters that Höller’s installation offers people the “opportunity to dive into the world of soma” — by drinking a mixture containing fly agaric mushroom and tripping out for the night in the museum. It opens on November 5, and promises to provide plenty of great stories (we hope).

Still, $1,400 to spend a night on shrooms? That’s just a tad bit steep, no?


Siberian Shaman Tatiana Explains The Mushrooms

4 10 2010

After some drumming by the local women, Tatiana Urkachen, a 7th generation shaman of the Evan branch of the Tungas tribe of Siberia, talks about the various effects of Fly Agaric mushrooms.   Notice the incredibly youthful energy coming from a woman who was probably in her 70’s when this was recorded.