- We could do with some more good references, especially replacing online ones with published ones if possible.
- "Mythology and religion" section needs reworking to be less list-like and overall, better referenced.
- Short section on legal status on different countries would be good to include.
- Bit that seemed a bit too far out
Ethnobotanist and ethnomycologist Giorgio Samorini has proposed a symbiotic relationship between toads, flies and the fly agaric. After a lick of A. muscaria, flies become inebriated and delirious prey for hungry toads that may have learned this, therefore hanging out around toadstools. This relationship within nature illuminates an etymological keystone and example of zoopharmacognosy. This would also provide further biosemiotic insight into the ancient mystery of toads, flies and mushrooms appearing together in popular mythology and fairy lore.
It is less often also thought to be the amrita talked about in Buddhist scriptures.
Ott also speculates about Santa's bag of toys. According to historians, ancient Siberia was one of the first civilizations to use fly agaric in practice. The Siberian hut, or yurt, is equipped with a smokehole at the top. Ott suggests that a shaman entered the yurt through the smokehole with a sack of mushrooms in his hand, to be placed in stockings over the fireplace where they could be dried for celebratory use.
It is classified as an unscheduled drug in the United States. Most other countries, such as those of the European Union, do not have laws against the use of A. muscaria.
- Dear children,
- be not deceived
- By the red toadstools!
Kobayashi Issa, Japanese Haiku (1763-1827)
When A. muscaria jumps to native species It can then be exported with its new symbiont (for example, from Australia to Argentina).
The woodpecker of Mars is another unusual folk name.