R. Gordon Wasson

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R. Gordon Wasson aka Robert Gordon Wasson aka RGW

America 1898 – 1986


Comments: ethnomycologist ; anthropologist; the hallucinogenic 'nti sheeto' aka Magic Mushroom species like Psilocybe mexicana Heim or Psilocybe caerulescens Murrill , Psilocybe Aztecorum Heim, Conocybe Siligineoides Hiem, Stropharia cubensis Erale, CROWN of Thorns aka " Psilocybe Zapotecorum Heim, LANDSLIDE" mushroom aka Psilocybe caerulescens Murrill, var. Mazatecorum Heim, MUSHROOM of Superior Reason aka" Psilocybe caerulescens Murrill var. nigripes Heim ; helped discover psilocybin and psilocin; two newer discovered specied named after him, Psilocybe wassonii R.Heim and Psilocybe wassoniorum Guzman & S.H.Pollock; Hindu Vedic intoxicant soma aka fly agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushroom; Eleusinian Mysteries of the Greek Demeter and Persephone Mother-Daughter mysteries of the seasons; The drug "kykeon" used might have been Ergot fungus (aka Claviceps spp.);


Teachers: Dr. Albert Hofmann, Father of LSD, 1958; Curandera (Priestess) Eva Mendez; Mazatec curandera María Sabina; Professor Roger Heim;

Students: Dr. Timothy Leary ; Baba Ram Dass aka Dr. Richard Alpert; John Marco Allegro; Ralph Metzner; Ken Kesey; Terence McKenna; Dennis J. McKenna; Robert Forte; Peter T Furst; Robin Carhart-Harris; Roland Griffiths, of John Hopkins School of Medicine; David Nutt, of Imperial College; Stephen Ross, of New York University Tisch Hospital ;

Friends; Valentina P. Wasson, MD aka Valentina Pavlovna Guercken, wife; Masha Wasson, daughter; Allan Richardson, photographer; Guy Stresser-Péan, French anthropologist; Professor James A. Moore, University of Delaware;

Enemies: Carlos Castaneda; Dr. Jerome Jaffe, 1st drug czar;

Organizations: J.P. Morgan Bank & Co;

Author: Mushrooms Russia and History, 1957; subject of a Life magazine article "Seeking the Magic Mushroom", May 1957; Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality, 1967; The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries with Dr. Albert Hofmann and Carl A. P. Ruck, 1978; The Wondrous Mushroom - Mycolatry in Mesoamerica, to be published 2014; The Last Meal of the Buddha, 1982; Persephone's Quest: Entheogens and the Origins of Religion, 1986; The Sacred Mushroom Seeker: Essays for R. Gordon Wasson;


Resources: http://www.imaginaria.org/wasson/life.htm; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Gordon_Wasson ; http://www.huh.harvard.edu/libraries/wasson/BIOG.html ; http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2014/07/psilocybin_in_brain_scans_magic_mushrooms_mimic_sleep_and_enhance_associations.html; http://www.cbsnews.com/news/14-days-psilocybin-hallucinogen-in-mushrooms-addiction-treatment/ ; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/14/psychedelic-mushrooms-facts_n_6083436.html; http://healthland.time.com/2011/06/16/magic-mushrooms-can-improve-psychological-health-long-term/;