[ibogaine] Psychedelic Santa [FWIW]

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Sun Dec 21 21:08:27 EST 2003

Thanks, that was a unique version of psychedelic santa. Forwarding it
around right after I type this.


On Sun, 21 Dec 2003 14:26:01 -0800 Gamma <gammalyte9000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
>The Psychedelic Secrets of Santa Claus
>by Dana Larsen (18 Dec, 2003)
>Modern Christmas traditions are based on ancient mushroom-using
>Although most people see Christmas as a Christian holiday, most
>of the
>symbols and icons we associate with Christmas celebrations are actually
>derived from the shamanistic traditions of the tribal peoples of
>pre-Christian Northern Europe.
>The sacred mushroom of these people was the red and white amanita
>muscaria mushroom, also known as "fly agaric." These mushrooms are
>commonly seen in books of fairy tales, and are usually associated
>magic and fairies. This is because they contain potent hallucinogenic
>compounds, and were used by ancient peoples for insight and
>transcendental experiences.
>Most of the major elements of the modern Christmas celebration,
>such as
>Santa Claus, Christmas trees, magical reindeer and the giving of
>are originally based upon the traditions surrounding the harvest
>consumption of these most sacred mushrooms.
>The world tree
>These ancient peoples, including the Lapps of modern-day Finland,
> and
>the Koyak tribes of the central Russian steppes, believed in the
>of a World Tree. The World Tree was seen as a kind of cosmic axis,
> onto
>which the planes of the universe are fixed. The roots of the World
>stretch down into the underworld, its trunk is the "middle earth"
>everyday existence, and its branches reach upwards into the heavenly
>The amanita muscaria mushrooms grow only under certain types of
>mostly firs and evergreens. The mushroom caps are the fruit of the
>larger mycelium beneath the soil which exists in a symbiotic
>relationship with the roots of the tree. To ancient people, these
>mushrooms were literally "the fruit of the tree."
>The North Star was also considered sacred, since all other stars
>in the
>sky revolved around its fixed point. They associated this "Pole
>with the World Tree and the central axis of the universe. The top
>the World Tree touched the North Star, and the spirit of the shaman
>would climb the metaphorical tree, thereby passing into the realm
>the gods. This is the true meaning of the star on top of the modern
>Christmas tree, and also the reason that the super-shaman Santa
>his home at the North Pole.
>Reindeer games
>The active ingredients of the amanita mushrooms are not metabolized
>the body, and so they remain active in the urine. In fact, it is
>to drink the urine of one who has consumed the mushrooms than to
>the mushrooms directly, as many of the toxic compounds are processed
>and eliminated on the first pass through the body.
>It was common practice among ancient people to recycle the potent
>effects of the mushroom by drinking each other's urine. The amanita's
>ingredients can remain potent even after six passes through the
>body. Some scholars argue that this is the origin of the phrase
>"to get
>pissed," as this urine-drinking activity preceded alcohol by thousands
>of years.
>Reindeer were the sacred animals of these semi-nomadic people, as
>reindeer provided food, shelter, clothing and other necessities.
>Reindeer are also fond of eating the amanita mushrooms; they will
>them out, then prance about while under their influence. Often the
>urine of tripped-out reindeer would be consumed for its psychedelic
>This effect goes the other way too, as reindeer also enjoy the urine
>a human, especially one who has consumed the mushrooms. In fact,
>reindeer will seek out human urine to drink, and some tribesmen carry
>sealskin containers of their own collected piss, which they use
>attract stray reindeer back into the herd.
>The effects of the amanita mushroom usually include sensations of
>distortion and flying. The feeling of flying could account for the
>legends of flying reindeer, and legends of shamanic journeys included
>stories of winged reindeer, transporting their riders up to the
>branches of the World Tree.
>Santa Claus, super shaman
>Although the modern image of Santa Claus was created at least in
>by the advertising department of Coca-Cola, in truth his appearance,

>clothing, mannerisms and companions all mark him as the reincarnation
>of these ancient mushroom-gathering shamans.
>One of the side effects of eating amanita mushrooms is that the
>and facial features take on a flushed, ruddy glow. This is why Santa
>always shown with glowing red cheeks and nose. Even Santa's jolly
>ho, ho!" is the euphoric laugh of one who has indulged in the magic
>Santa also dresses like a mushroom gatherer. When it was time to
>go out
>and harvest the magical mushrooms, the ancient shamans would dress
>like Santa, wearing red and white fur-trimmed coats and long black
>These peoples lived in dwellings made of birch and reindeer hide,
>called "yurts." Somewhat similar to a teepee, the yurt's central
>smokehole is often also used as an entrance. After gathering the
>mushrooms from under the sacred trees where they appeared, the shamans
>would fill their sacks and return home. Climbing down the
>chimney-entrances, they would share out the mushroom's gifts with
>The amanita mushroom needs to be dried before being consumed; the
>drying process reduces the mushroom's toxicity while increasing
>potency. The shaman would guide the group in stringing the mushrooms
>and hanging them around the hearth-fire to dry. This tradition is
>echoed in the modern stringing of popcorn and other items.
>The psychedelic journeys taken under the influence of the amanita
>also symbolized by a stick reaching up through the smokehole in
>the top
>of the yurt. The smokehole was the portal where the spirit of the
>shaman exited the physical plane.
>Santa's famous magical journey, where his sleigh takes him around
>whole planet in a single night, is developed from the "heavenly
>chariot," used by the gods from whom Santa and other shamanic figures
>are descended. The chariot of Odin, Thor and even the Egyptian god
>Osiris is now known as the Big Dipper, which circles around the
>Star in a 24-hour period.
>In different versions of the ancient story, the chariot was pulled
>reindeer or horses. As the animals grow exhausted, their mingled
>and blood falls to the ground, forming the amanita mushrooms.
>St Nicholas and Old Nick
>Saint Nicholas is a legendary figure who supposedly lived during
>fourth Century. His cult spread quickly and Nicholas became the
>saint of many varied groups, including judges, pawnbrokers, criminals,

>merchants, sailors, bakers, travelers, the poor, and children.
>Most religious historians agree that St Nicholas did not actually
>as a real person, and was instead a Christianized version of earlier
>Pagan gods. Nicholas' legends were mainly created out of stories
>the Teutonic god called Hold Nickar, known as Poseidon to the Greeks.
>This powerful sea god was known to gallop through the sky during
>winter solstice, granting boons to his worshippers below.
>When the Catholic Church created the character of St Nicholas, they
>took his name from "Nickar" and gave him Poseidon's title of "the
>Sailor." There are thousands of churches named in St Nicholas' honor,

>most of which were converted from temples to Poseidon and Hold Nickar.
>(As the ancient pagan deities were demonized by the Christian church,

>Hold Nickar's name also became associated with Satan, known as "Old
>Local traditions were incorporated into the new Christian holidays
>make them more acceptable to the new converts. To these early
>Christians, Saint Nicholas became a sort of "super-shaman" who was
>overlaid upon their own shamanic cultural practices. Many images
>Saint Nicholas from these early times show him wearing red and white,

>or standing in front of a red background with white spots, the design
>of the amanita mushroom.
>St Nicholas also adopted some of the qualities of the legendary
>"Grandmother Befana" from Italy, who filled children's stockings
>gifts. Her shrine at Bari, Italy, became a shrine to St Nicholas.
>Modern world, ancient traditions
>Some psychologists have discussed the "cognitive dissonance" which
>occurs when children are encouraged to believe in the literal existence
>of Santa Claus, only to have their parents' lie revealed when they
>older. By so deceiving our children we rob them of a richer heritage,

>for the actual origin of these ancient rituals is rooted deep in
>history and our collective unconscious. By better understanding
>truths within these popular celebrations, we can better understand
>modern world, and our place in it.
>-G A M M A
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