Psychoactive ‘shooms are native to all areas of Japan…

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the above drawing of a Japanese girl and her magic mushrooms(Amanita muscaria) with Japan’s national bird (3Yen | 2009-07-27), which stylistically seems to be from the 1930s.


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  1. Ahhh, Japan’s beloved “red long nosed goblin mushroom” aka “beni tengu take” aka “Ravens bread”.

    facebook topic: Amanita muscaria folklore in Japan

    Beni tengu take are harvested and consumed as a delicacy, despite its potential hallucinogenic effects. The mushrooms are eaten after being pickled, a process which destroys the hallucinogenic effects.
    Tengu are mountain and forest goblins. In the mountains there are trees where tengu live, most of all in tall pines and or Cryptomeria, the Japanese cedar. (Pines and cedars are well known as a habitat for fly agarics, the very reason we use the spruce as our christmas tree) These trees are called “tengu no tomarigi” and must not be cut down. Tengu have been surrounded by an aura mystery and magic cause mischief and confusion. Sometimes tengu will possess a person, and in a few cases, drive them insane. Accounts of tengu spiriting away children, who would later be found wandering aimlessly in a disoriented state, are commonplace. Tengu would abduct human beings (kami-kakushi “divine kidnapping”), only to release them later, but the “lucky” survivor would return home in a state of dementia (called tengu kakushi, meaning “hidden by a tengu”). Tengu can teleport to wherever they like in the blink of an eye. They can use their wings to fly or they can move about by astral projection. They also have the ability to speak telepathically to humans without moving their mouth. They can also possess and speak directly through people as well as appear uninvited to them in dreams.
    The “ten-” in tengu means heavenly. The origin of the word tengu is Chinese. The Chinese have a similar legend about mountain demons called t’ien-kou (Tiangou 天狗) the written characters for which mean heavenly or celestial dog. Those same characters are pronounced “tengu” in Japanese. The Chinese t’ien-kou derived their names from comets or meteors; heavenly bodies falling to earth, the trails of which resemble the tails of dogs or foxes. In other words, they are starry, or “astral,” beings.
    Tengu are connected to the Japanese god of storms. A loud thunder accompanies the visitations of the tengu. In many cultures from India to Europe the fly agaric mushrooms are associated with rain gods (for instance the Hindu god Indra). This is because the mushrooms need a damp environment, and will suddenly sprout up after the first rain at the beginning of the harvest season.
    A particular tengu is the “karasu tengu” ( the “crow tengu”, or “raven tengu”). In many cultures (Afghanistan, Iran, Egyptian-Arabic, as well as some European languages) Amanita muscaria is called “Ravens bread”. The raven is an animal that has played a role in the folklore of most every culture. Its role varies from visionary messenger to creator in these stories, but in all it symbolizes intelligence, vision, change, or transition in some fashion. The karasu tengu is sometimes associated with the Indian Garuda, the eagle-god of the vedas which has the role of the stormbird, darkening the sky bringing the necessary rain for the mushrooms.

    Tengu are said to be born from giant eggs. Fly agarics in their early stages look just like eggs. Yamabushi (“mountain priest”) tengu are usually depicted dressed in red robes (just like Santa Claus and Siberian shamans). They usually have a red face with a very prominent nose, phallic in appearance, just like a young fly agaric before its cap has spread out. Their noses would either shrink or grow longer than they already were, a possible reference to spacial distortion typical of hallucinations (see for instance Alice in Wonderland where Alice grows both taller and smaller after eating part of a mushroom).

    In contrast to regular Japanese ghosts they are always shown with feet, which could describe their stems and their rootedness to the earth. The tengu has a gourd which will produce whatever one desires (like the sack of Santa Claus). They have a staff (like the dutch Sinterklaas) or a small mallet (similar to Indra’s vajra or Thor’s Mjollnir) and a magic fan made of bird’s feathers, resembling a mushroom with gills.

  2. not recommended(duh, obviously, but some still try it) a small piece may get you stoned or kill you the dose is never the same for same size piece. my dad tried and went blind for 3 days, though he seems fine now.

  3. These days, Lady Gaga is the most mediatical mushrooming artist in the entire planet. Everything she says premeditatedly propagates promptly and she becomes the talk of the day. Possibly her talent isn’t be like her exposition, but certainly it fits on her purposes and she is beloved by her LittleMonsters.

  4. “Lady Gaga is the most mediatical” ‘shrooming?

    “Mediatically” ain’t a word.

    And, WTF does Lady Gaga have to do with anything, or the price-of-beans-in-Bolivia for that matter?

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