The Mushroom Cow City

The word "mos" literally translates to moss, which grows in wet and swampy areas. It's origin is mousseron, mouscheron,or mussiriones (meaning truffles). In the past, mosses, sponges, and mushrooms were considered kindred products, thus mos came to refer equally to mushrooms.

The word "cow" translates exactly into the English cow, though it might also refer to other female mammals, such as female reindeer.

When these two words are combined, we have "mushroom cow". But why would the Russians want to name their capital Mushroom Cow?

Well, it may be that they were honoring the sacred cow from which psychoactive mushrooms like psilocybe cubensis grow in their manure. Such "magic mushrooms" are well known for inducing religious visions when ingested. Mycologist Gordon Wasson believed psychoactive mushrooms were an ingredient in the ancient Vedic communion, the "immortal elixir" Soma central to the Rig-Veda.

From this perspective, we might now interpret St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow as a representation of psychedelic mushrooms. The cathedral's domes are shaped like the mushroom and mounted at varying heights on stalks. They are multicolor, suggesting the colorful visions such mushrooms produce, and they encircle a conical tower resembling the cosmic tree of a Vedic stupa, which are typically identified with coniferous pines. This could be because psychoactive mushrooms often grow under coniferous pines in a symbiotic relationship, giving rise to the idea that mushrooms were actually pine fruit like a pine cone.

If this interpretation isn't correct, we are left with no good explanation for the name Moscow or the design of St. Basil's. Why else would Moscow have such a strange cathedral built at its center?