Named After the legendary Maria Sabina a Mazatec curandera Xaman and poet who lived in Huatla de Jimenez, a town in the Sierra Mazateca area of the Mexican state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Her healing sacred mushroom ceremonies, called veladas, were based on the use of psylocibin mushrooms,  María Sabina's veladas contributed to the popularization of indigenous Mexican ritual use of mushrooms among westerners , though this was not her intent.