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Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria was a fungus native to the sub-arctic climates of Earth, including Denmark. It was poisonous, and ingesting it could cause profuse sweating, convulsions, and acute delirium. The Vikings knew it as the atuta, a powerful plant they boiled into broth and consumed before battle for spirit.

In 2371, The Doctor identified an Amanita muscaria to Freya in the Beowulf holodeck program. (VOY: "Heroes and Demons")

Amanita muscaria is known in English as the fly agaric or the fly mushroom. There is a common notion that Vikings used it to to induce their "berserker" rages, but there is little historical evidence for this.

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