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    Siberian Shamans are known to have drunk the urine of reindeer that ate the Amanita's. Why? Amanita's carry toxins that are removed by the biological processing of the reindeer (they don't affect the reindeer), saving the Shaman's an important step in the processing of the mushrooms. Now how they figured out that they could access the Spirit World via reindeer piss is an unanswered question.

    Also, the Amanita Muscaria grow under pine trees, and the gifts left under the pine tree represent these magical plants that allow the god/goddess to be (re-)born inside each of us.

    "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

    by US Blues on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 10:52:24 AM PST

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