Fly Agaric, with a slice taken out as neat as any pizza cutter ever did.
The origin of the common name of A. muscaria, the fly agaric, lies with a household method for getting rid of houseflies. To achieve this, tribes in some regions would put little chunks of the mushroom in milk. Flies, finding this mixture irresistible, will drink it and become inebriated, stunned, or killed. Most believe this is where the common name origina…ted.
In Siberia, tribal shaman would consume A. muscaria as a religious intoxicant to attain a trance like state as a means for communicating with the gods. In many regions, consuming it was forbidden to all, with the exception of religious figures.
Before invading villages, Vikings would perform a ritual in which they consumed A. muscaria. Through the ingestion of this mushroom, Vikings were able to raid villages fearlessly in a berserker rage.
In his book “Soma: the divine mushroom of immortality,” George Wasson suggested that Soma, an important ritual drink in Hindu culture, was actually made from A. muscaria. Soma was made by extracting juices from a particular plant, a plant Wasson believes to be the fly agaric. Whether you believe this theory or not, reading Wasson’s book is highly recommended.
There have been many books written in regards to a link between Christianity and A. muscaria. None is more controversial than John Marco Allegro’s “The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross,” in which he claims that mushroom cults influenced Roman theology. This theory, though well thought out, has been discredited and refuted by scholars and religious figures alike