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The Sacred Mushrooms of Mexico: Assorted Texts
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While listing the collection of texts in this volume might be enlightening to some, I think it would be more fitting to reprint some of the more tasty bits I came across, in no particular order. The first is from Walter S. Miller's research on the Mixe tonalamatl, a sacred calendric text, and its relation to the lore of sacred mushrooms. Here is a nice snippet:
"Another type of mushroom puts one to sleep, causing visions. The vision induced is always the same: two dwarfs or elves (dos enanitos o duendes), a male and a female, appear to the one who eats the mushrooms. They speak to him and answer his questions. They provide him with information as to where lost things can be found. If he has had anything stolen, these dwarfs or elves identify the thief and the location where the stolen item is hidden. If one plans a trip, he is told what kind of luck he will have."
This is just one mention of the hombrecitos, or the little men, who pervade mushroom mythology.Read more ›
These papers were originally published between 1960 and 1972, in the classical period of ethnomycology, and are difficult to track down. They deal with some of the following topics: local folklore/ethnography; religious syncretism (Christian saints and native beliefs, deities in their pantheon existing side by side); ingestion of entheogenic mushrooms (almost exclusively Psylocibe species) for curative, divinatory purposes, or simply to be taken to "where God is" (ahí donde Dios está, p. 92, also p. 70); the role of Amerindian (shamanic) specialists (curanderos, brujos, sabíos and their female counterparts); reports of mushroom trance ('shroom speaks in the form of tlakatsitsin/hombrecitos: little men, elves, dwarves, children), etc.
Editor's introduction pp. 1-23: a history of ethnomycology, along with a particularly interesting part about the pioneering days and persons involved (the Rekos, Schultes, Weitlaner, Johnson et al.) in the 1930-40s.
Luis Reyes G. - 'Una relacion sobre los hongos alucinantes' (1970) pp. 25-8: features comments and anecdotes from locals that Wasson gathered through the author who was a native of Anatlán.Read more ›
is a must read for any beginner who finds mycology a wondrous field.