Thus it comes about that Genin discovered a common
denominator between fungi and gourds in their metaphorical use, and so
he furnishes startling circumstantial evidence in support of our thesis, developed
on pages 127 ff., of a deepseated association in mens minds between gourds and
There is another passage in Plautus that leaves no doubt as to the meaning
of fungus in contexts such as we are discussing.
Ramsbottom1 also says that the fly amanita was
formerly used in England and Sweden for killing bedbugs, and thus he justifies
the occasional occurrence of the name bug agaric. But this term can not be
really old, for Linnaeus by his great authority imposed the name agaric on
the gilled fungi and the use of bug for bedbug appears to be a modernism,
whereas fly and bug in their demonic sense are truly old.
The fly amanita holds an altogether extraordinary place in the folk culture of
northern and eastern Europe. The deadly fungi are as nothing in comparison,
and in the mycophobic world of the Germanic peoples no edible kind was of importance
until recent times. For us it is altogether incredible that the grip of this
Fliegenschwamtn on the imaginations of countless generations sprang from any insecticidal
power that it may have.
grow shop magic mushrooms @ Friday, December 13, 2013 8:06:30 PM