Was Santa Claus A Stoned Magic Mushroom Shaman?

This theory may seem far-fetched but explains all; he is garbed in red and white to match the toadstool mushroom.  Mother Nature Network reveals:

According to one theory, the story of Santa and his flying reindeer can be traced to an unlikely source: hallucinogenic or “magic” mushrooms. “Santa is a modern counterpart of a shaman, who consumed mind-altering plants and fungi to commune with the spirit world,” said John Rush, an anthropologist and instructor at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif.

According to the theory, the legend of Santa derives from shamans in the Siberian and Arctic regions who dropped into locals’ teepeelike homes with a bag full of hallucinatory mushrooms as presents in late December, Rush said.

“As the story goes, up until a few hundred years ago these practicing shamans or priests connected to the older traditions would collect Amanita muscaria (the Holy Mushroom), dry them, and then give them as gifts on the winter solstice,” Rush told LiveScience.

Reindeer are common in Siberia, and seek out these hallucinogenic fungi, as the area’s human inhabitants have been known to do. Donald Pfister, a biologist who studies fungi at Harvard University, suggests that Siberian tribesmen who ingested fly agaric may have hallucinated into thinking that reindeer were flying.

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  • goo

    hasn’t this story already been posted here?

    and you left out the best part, with the hallucinogenic reindeer urine.

  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    “This theory may seem far-fetched”
    The more mushrooms you eat the more obvious it becomes…

  • http://celestialelfdanceoflife.blogspot.co.uk/ Celestial Elf

    Great Post, thought you might like my machinima animation
    Flight of the Shamanic Santa
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRvqddVCwBU
    Blessed Be By Starlight and True Sight ~

  • Ian Buckley

    Have a happy Shamanic Christmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLclmub8yW0

  • drewhempel

    Reading as I chomp into a dried out Amanita Muscaria. Oh yeah – got some kick to it.

  • drewhempel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LOJqHw54Mc Tatiana shaman Santa Claus pushing the trip

  • Guest

    I believe the image of Santa with the red and white suit came with Coca Cola ads in the 30′s. Before that the different european Santa suits varied from animal furs to different kind of robes and hats. Evergreen trees were a symbol of life since they stayed green even through the cold winters. Hauling them inside the house was more of a central european tradition right up until the early 1900s. People in the arctic circle were more likely to use straws and such to decorate the house. Interesting article, though.

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