Origin of the name King Crimson


Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2006 02:31:19 +0000
From: jdanna03 at comcast dot net
Subject: Origin of the name King Crimson

I have noticed that the name King Crimson has been mentioned (by Peter Sinfield and Robert Fripp) as referring to Beelzebub--Lord of the Flies. Specifically, does the name refer to the psychotropic mushroom Amanita muscaria, the fly agaric, which has long been associated with Beelzebub? See reference below:

The fly-agaric seems to have been sacred to Beelzebub ("Lord of the Flies") alias Atabyrius, a Hittite god who had an oracle on Tabor. The fact is that the fly-agaric, which has recently been identified by R. Gordon Wasson with the Indian ambrosia called Soma, is highly hallucinogenic. It has two varieties, one with birch as its host-tree, the other which uses the pine. Its juice when taken with wine or beer -- as in Dionysus's ancient Feast of Ambrosia -- is said to induce reckless courage, sexual lust and super-human energy.

This mushroom itself is crimson (how else would the king be crimson) and has a long history of religious usage. Does this also coincide with the religious sound of the title song within the first King Crimson album?



Mike Stok