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All that flying and delivering presents and shit is mearly one long trip...
possibly why they are the only legal halucinagenic mushroom, imagine if he got locked up on christmas eve, it would be havoc
It (and other types) are also what is meant by 'ambrosia of the gods' in mediterranean myths
It is associated with toads (in parts of eastern mediteraneane and in the old new world (apparently spontaneously the same or very very old connection from eons ago, this is probably because of the recognition that some toads can take you to a very similar place.
Shamens and prayers also go up their smoke hole spiritually to go off on their journeys, I think that spiritually this is the way to regard one of these 'trips'
Viking Beserkers also sometimes used amanita for the strenght and fury it could give you, freinds were protected by the emotional tie/attatchment so if you are only a loose /cold ally then you might be in danger from them.
Warning it does have a degree of toxicity and the active ingrediants are not always evenly distributed throughout it (one side may have much more than the other,)