Mushroom Jewelry - Humanity's use of mushrooms extends back to Paleolithic times. Few people, even anthropologists, comprehend how influential mushrooms have been in affecting the course of human evolution. Mushrooms have played pivotal roles in ancient Greece, India and Mesoamerica. Due to their beguiling nature, fungi have always elicited deep emotional responses: from adulation by those who understand them to outright fear by those who do not. Mushrooms Ancient peoples had no immediate concept of spores. So a mushroom was considered a 'virgin birth'. Also they noticed that mushrooms came after the rains and they would pick them in the early hours of the morning. This was the 'Manna from Heaven' that the Israelites would gather. The word 'Manna' means 'What is it'.