Only a few years up to now, I was known as as an educated witness in a jail case involving trance and possession. The circumstances of the case shouldn’t important to this textual content nevertheless, to not go away you hanging, wanted to do with an individual who had flown to the UK from Nigeria and was found to be carrying cocaine when he was stopped by Customs Officers. His defence was that he had been entranced, or most likely drugged, by a gaggle of males who had planted the cocaine on him sooner than he boarded the airplane.
What was further fascinating for me was that I acquired to have lunch with one different educated witness, a toxicologist from certainly one of many UK’s principal instructing hospitals, who had a keen curiosity in mycology and consider to publish a book on the sacred use of fly amanita (Amanita muscaria) in spiritual therapeutic and historic warriorship practices.
On account of his analysis, he had not too way back labored with a TV manufacturing agency who had made a documentary with him to verify one in all his non-public pet theories: that the Zulu Battle was fought by the indigenous people beneath intoxication from the sacred mushroom. This had given them, not solely superhuman vitality and imperviousness to ache, nevertheless a manner of fearlessness and their very personal divine aim in battle. It was this that had helped them go away the sector victorious, he claimed.
Clearly, the TV agency couldn’t stage one different battle to verify this idea, nevertheless what they could do – and did – was to get two martial arts consultants right into a hoop to battle it out for the cameras.
Throughout the first part of this experiment, the combatants met equally and fought a few rounds collectively. Neither emerged as a clear winner on this rigorously matched contest.
Throughout the second half, nonetheless, certainly one of many fighters was given 5 strips of fly-agaric to eat. He was allowed to rest whereas it took impression, after which every fighters met as soon as extra.
In addition to they didn’t, exactly. In response to the educated I was speaking to (curiously, over a lunch of mushroom paella), the fighter who had taken fly-agaric merely flew all through the ring as rapidly as a result of the bell rang, hardly even touching the underside, and threw his opponent so exhausting that he ended up on the bottom outdoor the ropes. The intoxicated fighter under no circumstances even broke a sweat and was not respiration at one thing above common ranges when his opponent was counted out.
Utilization and outcomes of fly-agaric
Throughout the stylish West, now we have now misplaced most of our historic ceremonial practices and never take into account in a ‘spirit world’. Consequently, fly-agaric (whether or not it’s thought-about the least bit) is regarded solely as a dangerous and doubtless poisonous ‘drug’, fairly than a path to the divine.
In his book, Ploughing The Clouds, nonetheless, Peter Lamborn Wilson argues convincingly that fly-agaric won’t be solely the sacred Soma referred to throughout the Rg Veda, nevertheless that it was utilized in lots of European nations and was moreover central to the Irish Keltic customized of shamanism, which nonetheless continues in its major sort, proper this second.
The mushrooms themselves, shiny purple with white spots, are gathered for ritual use in these traditions by means of the most well liked months of the 12 months – July and August – once they’re most infused with the issue of fireplace and the breath of the photo voltaic/Sky Father. Basically probably the most extremely efficient mushrooms, really, are talked about to dry themselves, in a position to be picked for his or her communion with man. These are thought-about far ‘stronger’ than these picked early and dried artificially. Smaller mushrooms are moreover talked about to have lots increased vitality than larger ones, and it seems attainable, from stylish experimentation, that their narcotic outcomes are literally further intense by means of the early rising half.
For non-ritual utilization, the mushrooms are utilized in lots the similar method as coca leaves throughout the Peruvian Andes, to create a fragile shift in consciousness, accompanied by delicate euphoria and elevated energy. In such utilization, the mushrooms are merely rolled proper right into a ball and swallowed full, with out chewing. One larger mushroom (Three-4cm) or 2-Three small ones is adequate.
For prescribed ritual utilization, nonetheless, quite a lot of mushrooms are often consumed, typically in a set, or items, of three. “The Rg Veda always speaks of Soma in items of three cups and, in Siberia proper this second, three Amanitas are nonetheless thought-about the proper ritual dose”, says Wilson.