R. Gordon Wasson [epub / PDF] Soma divine mushroom of immortality

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Section on the post Vedic history of Soma is contributed by the Sanskrit scholar Wendy Doniger O'FlahertyThis edition faithfully reproduces the text and all but two of the many color and black and white illustrations of the original lavishly printed deluxe editio. Decent read Touches on fly agaric and it s properties and lore than Soma and it s importance for Vedic civilization


Soma divine mushroom of immortality

One of the key enigmas of cultural history has been the identiy of a sacred plant called Soma in the ancient Rig Veda of India Mr Wasson has aroused considerable attention in learned circles and beyond by advancing and documenting the thesis that Soma was a hallu. This academic scholarly text makes the case for one of the perhaps most popular mushroom fungi Amanita muscaria as being Soma which was an important substance in Indian vedic religion similar to the Eleusinian Mysteries from Ancient Greece which is largely suspected to have been LSD or an ergot fungus derivative that acid is synthesized out of These inuiries practically make the case for inebriants being some form of God either that or they put you into contact with some form of it Maybe it is uite easy to imagine What I find interesting is how the mushroom in uestion was used by Nintendo to be the super mushroom power up in the video game Super Mario Bros although the original sprite design animation they used at first was orange with red dots or warts which bears a resemblance to Pholiota species adiposa alnicola aurivella etc They later changed it to resemble Amanita muscaria and as everyone knows when Mario eats the mushroom he grows bigger which is a reference to the psychoactive effects of the actual real mushroom itself which is said to distort depth perception which can make the user or ingester of the fungus to feel and look larger than they really are and can even influence them to leap over objects gaps like Mario would because the effects of the mushroom which acts on the GABAergic nervous system similar to alcoholic beverages it being an inhibitory pathway that inhibits inhibition making sense of most of the effects It has been said it feels similar to the buzz gotten after a couple cans of beer Obviously this mushroom is different from the traditional psilocybin based serotinergic fungi dubbed magic mushrooms also known as God s Flesh or Flesh of the Gods teonanacatl in Mexico and Latin America which causes psychedelic effects or mind expansionmanifestation Psychedelics are also known as entheogens which means generating divine from within The effects are mildly similar to those caused by LSD or DMT and can be enhanced with cannabis use during the course of the inebriation or experience usually smoked taking it in edible form can utilize a different vibe as the effects generally aren t instant etc if you are going for that Cannabis is considered a mild psychedelic and the route of administration through the gut produces a different potent form of THC 11 OH THC that is typically psychedelic or gets you stoned It s uite simple You can develop a tolerance fast wherein you reuire of the same substance to get as high as you did previously unless you wait for the body to expunge all levels and go back to baseline wherein less of the substance can affect the mind as powerfully These effects can include visuals which would be waves of colors or streams of psychedelic imagery wavy vibrational patterns characters people robots animal beings etc perhaps possibly anything manifestations of geometric shapes sometimes spinning or rotating and the whole thing If you smoke too much it won t be that strong but usually a break of 2 3 days is enough to generate CEVs if that s what you re going for and is why people say it s best to smoke once a week or month From my experience that can be as interesting or mind expanding than DMT produced visuals depending on your experience although of course DMT is the Holy Grail of psychedelics and causes impossible visuals or experiences to occur including direct and animated interactions with autonomous or intelligent even entities than marijuana visuals would happen It can just be powerful than you may have thought or realizedThe catch here is that the Fly agaric doesn t always work for everyone some say it is the best thing ever and is powerful while others say nothing happens when they take it Apparently the dosage in the mushrooms vary of active ingredients ibotenic acid considered neurotoxic so the sample must be heated to decarboxylate it into muscimol which is ibotenic acid without the COOH on it there being no current way to gauge potency Some say it causes intense and vivid dreams and of course that drinking your urine after the body processes it gets you higher since it is excreted straight through This is where the whole Santa Claus and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer stories come from Reindeer love the mushroom and can smell it in the urine so if you pee it attracts them and they eat the yellow snow to get high Dolphins and monkeys are other animals known to seek intoxication as well as cats with catnip Apparently Santa originally wore green resembling a Christmas tree Douglas Fir or some pine birch trees under which these mushrooms almost exclusively grow there s no current way to cultivate these yet as they are mycorrhizal with the roots of those certain trees The mushrooms can be considered gifts Whether these mushrooms are God is unknown Investigations are still going on til this day Pharmaceutical companies have since then designed and released other drugs medications based off this mushroom s active chemicals some of them are sleep aids designed for insomnia such as Gaboxadol first synthesized by Povl Krogsgaard Larsen in 1977 This mushroom also possesses one of the uniue traits among these substances overall that it wasn t targeted and scheduled during the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 so it was never banned or made illegal to possess or alter your consciousness with Maybe that is saying something Mexican Indian plant Salvia is also in that category generally as some states have recently banned it these past few recent years similar to what was happening with kratom which is known for being able to mediate or mitigate addictive characteristics or physiological symptoms One good source of the myth could be that the Mario Bros Mario Luigi Mario the shorter pudgier and older sibling Luigi the leaner taller and younger brother are plumbers in the canon of the lore meaning they must deal with pipes and toilets all day The magic psilocybian mushrooms at least are known for growing on cow shit or dung feces patties etc There are warp pipes in the game which could be a symbol for infrastructural drains Things of that sort Lead chemical symbol Pb plumbum is the source of the word plumber Perhaps the Mario Bros games are hallucinations There certainly is a connection between the art workconcept design in there the Land of Nintendo in general I guess too but SMB so and psychedelia or psychedelic visions to an extent In fact this is something humans and the field of consciousness must have access to as it is like Disney films and things that have been produced since the dawn of time Things like art science Soma is said to the oldest known hallucinogenic substance It was written about in the Rig Vedas as a plant with all sorts of psychoactive effects that brought one closer to God It s written about in the form of rhyming verse

R. Gordon Wasson ☆ 1 REVIEW

Cinogenic mushroom none other than the Amanita muscaria the fly agaric that until recent times was the center of shamanic rites among the Siberian and Uralic tribesmen In his presentation he throws fascinating light on the role of mushrooms in religious ritual A. Wasson makes a good case a very interesting read Could be a hard book to find but it s worth the struggle Especially if you can try fly agaric afterwards

5 thoughts on “Soma divine mushroom of immortality

  1. says:

    This academic scholarly text makes the case for one of the perhaps most popular mushroom fungi Amanita muscaria as being Soma which was an impo

  2. says:

    Wasson makes a good case a very interesting read Could be a hard book to find but it’s worth the struggle Especially if you can try fly agaric afterwards

  3. says:

    Decent read Touches on fly agaric and it's properties and lore than Soma and it's importance for Vedic civilization

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    An extremely interesting book about the religious use and the possible history of the sanskrit Soma the fabled drug of the Gods form the vedas Very intriguing case is made that Aminita Muscara the Fly Agaric mushroom from northern Europe and Siberia is Soma It has been used by Eurasian shamans to look into the spirit world the interesting thi