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“Some historians believe that magic mushrooms may have been used as far back as 9000 B.C. in North African indigenous cultures, based on representations in rock paintings.
“Statues and other representatives of what appear to be mushrooms that have been found in Mayan and Aztec ruins in Central America.
“The Aztecs used a substance called teonanácatl, which means “flesh of the gods,” that many believe was magic mushrooms.
“Along with peyote, morning glory seeds and other naturally occurring psychotropics, the mushrooms were used to induce a trance, produce visions and communicate with the gods.
“When Spanish Catholic missionary priests came to the New World in the 16th century, some of them wrote about the use of these psychotropic substances.”
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