Aztec Entheogens

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The plants used include ololiuqui (Rivea corymbosa), teonanácatl (Psilocybe spp.), sinicuichi (Heimia salicifolia), toloatzin (Datura spp.), peyotl (Lophophora williamsii) and many others.

The visions induced by a blend of these plants are largely responsible for the peculiar patterns found in Aztec artwork, as well as other native American artwork. The Aztec gods, such as Quetzalcoatl or Mictlantecuhtli, also likely originated in such visions, embedded perhaps in the center of a mandala of patterns and colors as we see here.