One of the prime signifiers of anything fairy is a creature sitting on a fly Agaric Mushroom, the toadstool; Its
red and white spots shout "supernatural," like the iconic red outfits of many wee folk.
In some traditions fairies feed on these strange fungal foodstuffs, that are, at turns, delicious and deadly. Many bear fairy names: Fairies' Bonnets, Fairy Cake, Elf Cup, Pixie Cap. The names Dryad's Saddle and Fly
Agaric hint that mushrooms offer a way for the earthbound to fly: "magic" mushrooms have hallucinogenic properties; you can take a trip on them. Ethno-mycologists trace the association of hallucinogenic plants with the spirit world back to the Paleolithic period.
|Agaric Mushroom house|
|Fairy on Red Mushroom|
|A Fairy with Red Mushroom hat|