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– Mushroom consumption by means of such a device would avoid problems with nausea and vomiting and quickly bring the individual receiving it to the altered state of consciousness required for self sacrifice. In Figure 19. the priest holds a small vase containing the mushroom mixture which he has poured from a larger jar marked with a twisted X- icon symbolizing the portal to the Underworld. This X-icon, like the sacred ballcourt in the Underworld, identifies the holy place of rebirth and deified resurrection. Through this portal, identified with the planet Venus, a divine bird, symbolized by eagles or vultures as avatars of the Morning Star, carries the deified dead carried to the heavens.