[ibogaine] Psychedelic Santa [FWIW]

adam gur adamg at 013.net.il
Mon Dec 22 00:08:56 EST 2003

Season's Greetings to one and all,

I'd be surprised, Gamma, if you're not familiar with James Arthur, 
he's on this list and he was on the calyx list over 4 years ago when
I came upon him...
For those out there that have yet had the pleasure- James has quite 
the site on the entire subject matter and it's truly fascinating stuff--


Dana's article in cannabisculture lists James' site/book
as reference and recommends it as well.
But while this is a lifetime endeavor for James, Dana's article,
imo, reads like a lame book report; a spoiler synopsis, if you 
will. I would have liked to have seen him tackle the amanita,
chug down a couple of glasses of fresh urine and then write about it...

At any rate, I strongly recommend the original eye-opener; 'Mushroom 
and Mankind' on James' site-- it's way more in-depth and it showcases 
a collection of images and photos that are just unbelievable (2nd page 


Adam Gur

From: "Gamma" <gammalyte9000 at yahoo.com>
To: <ibogaine at mindvox.com>
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2003 12:26 AM
Subject: [ibogaine] Psychedelic Santa [FWIW]

> The Psychedelic Secrets of Santa Claus
> by Dana Larsen (18 Dec, 2003)
> Modern Christmas traditions are based on ancient mushroom-using shamans.
> 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 now
> commonly seen in books of fairy tales, and are usually associated with
> 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 gifts,
> are originally based upon the traditions surrounding the harvest and
> 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 idea
> 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 Tree
> stretch down into the underworld, its trunk is the "middle earth" of
> everyday existence, and its branches reach upwards into the heavenly
> realm.
> The amanita muscaria mushrooms grow only under certain types of trees,
> 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 Star"
> with the World Tree and the central axis of the universe. The top of
> the World Tree touched the North Star, and the spirit of the shaman
> would climb the metaphorical tree, thereby passing into the realm of
> 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 makes
> his home at the North Pole.
> Reindeer games
> The active ingredients of the amanita mushrooms are not metabolized by
> the body, and so they remain active in the urine. In fact, it is safer
> to drink the urine of one who has consumed the mushrooms than to eat
> 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 human
> 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 the
> reindeer provided food, shelter, clothing and other necessities.
> Reindeer are also fond of eating the amanita mushrooms; they will seek
> them out, then prance about while under their influence. Often the
> urine of tripped-out reindeer would be consumed for its psychedelic
> effects.
> This effect goes the other way too, as reindeer also enjoy the urine of
> 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 to
> attract stray reindeer back into the herd.
> The effects of the amanita mushroom usually include sensations of size
> 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 highest
> branches of the World Tree.
> Santa Claus, super shaman
> Although the modern image of Santa Claus was created at least in part
> 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 skin
> and facial features take on a flushed, ruddy glow. This is why Santa is
> always shown with glowing red cheeks and nose. Even Santa's jolly "Ho,
> ho, ho!" is the euphoric laugh of one who has indulged in the magic
> fungus.
> Santa also dresses like a mushroom gatherer. When it was time to go out
> and harvest the magical mushrooms, the ancient shamans would dress much
> like Santa, wearing red and white fur-trimmed coats and long black
> boots.
> 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 those
> within.
> The amanita mushroom needs to be dried before being consumed; the
> drying process reduces the mushroom's toxicity while increasing its
> 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 were
> 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 the
> 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 North
> Star in a 24-hour period.
> In different versions of the ancient story, the chariot was pulled by
> reindeer or horses. As the animals grow exhausted, their mingled spit
> 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 the
> fourth Century. His cult spread quickly and Nicholas became the patron
> 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 exist
> as a real person, and was instead a Christianized version of earlier
> Pagan gods. Nicholas' legends were mainly created out of stories about
> the Teutonic god called Hold Nickar, known as Poseidon to the Greeks.
> This powerful sea god was known to gallop through the sky during the
> 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
> Nick!")
> Local traditions were incorporated into the new Christian holidays to
> 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 of
> 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 with
> 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 are
> 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 our
> history and our collective unconscious. By better understanding the
> truths within these popular celebrations, we can better understand the
> modern world, and our place in it.
> -G A M M A
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