Sunday Fungi: Fly Away

And can we have Christmas without Fly Agaric?

Fly Agaric, aka Amanita muscaria

But who’s been eating off the *fly*?

Beware, Amanita muscaria is an hallucinogenic

From the Rhine to the Volga and beyond, the Fly Agaric was long the symbol of Christmas. It is the red of the baubles on our trees, the red and white of Santa’s suit, and the means by which his reindeers fly. It is the traditional *magic* of Christmas. But it’s magic can wreck the imbibers intestinal health! Beware.

And if you don’t believe me, check out this YouTube video:

 

 

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32 Responses to Sunday Fungi: Fly Away

  1. Judy says:

    Criminy!! Who knew!! I always thought the tree had something to do with winter festivals and druids getting merged with the Christian celebration of Christ’s birth and the gifts or the Magi. I never knew there were psychedelic mushrooms in the picture or under the tree. I suppose every drawn image I ever saw of bright red mushrooms with red dots seemed more from a colorful, artistic imagination than a real mushroom. But, nature is full of brightly colored creatures and plants of all kinds which would surprise the human imagination.

    Thanks for bringing us this very cool mushroom, video and Psychedelic Christmas theory our way. Hmmm Rudolph was on mushrooms, who knew!!

    Up, Up and Away! Merry Christmas!!

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  2. Indira says:

    It looks beautiful. Is it poisonous?
    Wishing you a Happy Christmas.

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  3. Indira says:

    I commented before watching the video.

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  4. I still remember my botany professor at university reminding us, “Never eat’a Amanita.”

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  5. Violet Lentz says:

    A perfect excuse to have a tripping Christmas! Gotta love psychedelic fungi!

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  6. Dale says:

    What a pretty mushroom!
    While I loathe those “drawing videos”, I still watched it and was fascinated by the story…
    I am such a square, I never tried magic mushrooms… go figure.

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  7. Deborah says:

    They’re beautiful! Thank you for sharing this with us! πŸ˜€ ❀

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Violet Lentz says:

    Oh my!! i too knew about the tree, but this is all new and very exciting to me!

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  9. Oooh! I knew what this one was because you can pick it in the Elder Scrolls games!

    Like

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