[ibogaine] Psychedelic Santa [FWIW]

Preston Peet ptpeet at NYC.RR.COM
Sat Dec 27 22:20:36 EST 2003

Hey all,
    Anyone have Dana Larsen's email address?

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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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