Lecture eight 10 13 08

Lecture eight 10 13 08 - Uses of Amanita muscaria...

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Unformatted text preview: Uses of Amanita muscaria Recreation Behavioral modification Divination How can the effects be so different? Reflects the influence of circumstances and expectations Conflict Revelation set and setting Hallucinogenic mushrooms ~ 209 species panther amanita Psilocybe spp. Multiple species fly agaric Aztec and Mayan Mesoamerica Mesoamerica 1519 The Spanish came to the new world in search of material but also to spread the word of God Gold Mesoamerica Corts Convert locals to Christianity Suppression of local practices such as use of mushrooms Diego Durn Dominican Friar Studied Aztec culture Diego Durn The History of the Indies of New Spain 1581 On eating woodland mushrooms they would grow merry and become somewhat tipsy Re-discovered in 19 th century octezuma Priests consumed mushrooms to see the outcome of battles Mushroom gifts given to leaders of other tribes Xochipilli The Prince of Flowers 16 th Century Aztec statue Mushroom caps Hallucinogen- Induced ecstasy morning glory Tobacco morning glory Mushroom use in Mexico prior to 1500 Religious Recreational Diplomatic How old were these practices? Archaeological evidence suggests: Mushroom stones > 1500 years B.C.E. > 1500 years B.C.E. After the 16 th century, mushrooms were used only in secrecy Undetected for ~400 years Teonancatl...
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2009 for the course SAS 30 taught by Professor Wilhelm during the Fall '08 term at UC Davis.

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