Mushroom Symbolism in Pre-Columbian Art


Carl de Borhegyi

Copyright  2010


The following research presents visual evidence that both the hallucinogenic Amanita muscaria mushroom and the Psilocybin mushroom were worshiped and venerated as gods in ancient Mesoamerica. These sacred mushrooms were so cleverly encoded in the religious art of the New World, “Hidden in Plain Sight” that prior to this study they virtually escaped detection.

My study which began in 1996 was inspired by a theory first proposed over fifty years ago by my father, the late Maya archaeologist Dr. Stephan F. de Borhegyi, that hallucinogenic mushroom rituals were a central aspect of Maya religion. He based this theory on his identification of a mushroom stone cult that came into existence in the Guatemala Highlands and Pacific coastal area around 1000 B.C. along with a trophy head cult associated with human sacrifice and the Mesoamerican ballgame.He supported this theory with a solid body of archaeological and historical evidence.

This study which is exclusively my own work has been moved to “Hidden In Plain Sight”, and is undergoing editing and peer review, and will eventually be published into books, titled BREAKING THE MUSHROOM CODE, SOMA IN THE AMERICAS, and DECODING THE FLEUR DE LIS SYMBOL.

Decoding the Fleur de Lis Symbol