Sacred Rites - Mushrooms

These are, I believe, the first known photographs of a sacred rite involving hallucinogenic mushrooms. They were taken by Allan Richardson for Life Magazine in 1957. The man receiving a mushroom in the top image is Robert Gordon Wasson, then vice president of J.P. Morgan & Co.

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Robert Stevens said...

Tom, why do these look so much like prints instead of photos?

Tom White said...

i don't know - I heard about this on a TV documentary and these were the only online versions I found. Must be some bad scans from Life magazine.