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    #6405077 - 12/28/06 03:49 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer
December 28, 2006 - Joplin Independent
by Mark Adams


These red and white mushrooms, Amanita
muscaria, were found in an alpine forest
around Creede, Colorado. A. muscaria was the
"sacred mushroom" used by the ancient tribal
peoples of pre-Christian northern Europe. Its
bright coloring suggests the colors of Santa's
garments and of holiday lights.


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, also known as "fly agaric." This mushroom commonly is seen in books of fairy tales and usually is associated with magic and fairies. It contains potent hallucinogenic compounds once 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 this most sacred mushroom.

The World Tree

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.

Amanita muscaria grows only under certain types of trees, mostly firs and evergreens. The cap of the mushroom is the fruit of the larger mycelium beneath the soil which exists in a symbiotic relationship with the roots of the tree. To ancient people, this mushroom was 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.

Ancient peoples were amazed at how this magical mushroom sprang from the earth without any visible seed. They considered this "virgin birth" to have been the result of the morning dew, which was seen as the "semen of the deity." The silver tinsel we drape onto our modern Christmas tree represents this divine fluid.

Origin of phrase, "to get pissed"

The active ingredients of A. muscaria 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 mushroom than to eat the mushroom 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 mushroom'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 mushroom; they will seek it out, then prance about while under its 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 mushroom. 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.

Legend of the flying reindeer and modern image of Santa

The effects of the A. muscaria 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.

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 A. muscaria is that one's 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 mushroom, 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 tee-pee, the yurt's central smoke-hole is often also used as an entrance. After gathering the mushroom 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 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 they gathered 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 smoke-hole in the top of the yurt. The smoke-hole 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 grew exhausted, their mingled spit and blood falls to the ground, forming the 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 but 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 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.

True spirit of Christmas

By better understanding the truths within these popular celebrations, we can better understand the modern world, and our place in it.

Many people in the modern world have rejected Christmas as being too commercial, claiming that this ritual of giving is actually a celebration of materialism and greed. Yet the true spirit of this winter festival lies not in the exchange of plastic toys, but in celebrating a gift from the earth: the fruiting top of a magical mushroom, and the revelatory experiences it can provide.

Instead of perpetuating outdated and confusing holiday myths, it might be more fulfilling to return to the original source of these seasonal celebrations. How about getting back to basics and enjoying some magical mushrooms with your loved ones this holiday season? What better gift can a family share than a little piece of love and enlightenment?

Below are references providing more in depth background on the role of mushrooms in the beginnings of some of our holiday traditions.

LINKS AND REFERENCES:

- The Hidden Meanings of Christmas, Mushrooms and Mankind, by James Arthur
- Santa Claus & the Amanita Muscaria, by Jimmy Bursenos
- "Who put the Fly Agaric into Christmas?," Seventh International Mycological Congress, December 1999, Fungus of the Month
- "The Real Story of Santa, The Spore Print," Los Angeles Mycological Society, December 1998
- Santa and those Reindeer: The Hallucinogenic Connection, The Physics of Christmas, by Roger Highfield
- "Fungi, Fairy Rings and Father Christmas," North West Fungus Group, 1998 Presidential Address, by Dr Sean Edwards
- "Fly Agaric," Tom Volk's Fungus of the Month for December 1999
- "Father Christmas Flies on Toadstools," New Scientist, December 1986
- "Psycho-mycological studies of amanita: From ancient sacrament to modern phobia," by Jonathan Ott, Journal of Psychedelic Drugs; 1976
- "Santa is a Wildman," LA Times, Jeffrey Vallance

BOOKS WORTH READING:

- Mushrooms and Mankind, by James Arthur
- Soma: Divine Mushroom of Immortality, by Gordon Wasson
- Mushrooms, Poisons and Panaceas, by Denis R. Benjamin


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Re: Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer [Re: veggie]
    #6405694 - 12/28/06 06:30 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

This subject has popped up over the years around every Christmas time for at least 15-20 years. Other similar articles have been posted around the www.

A few years back the UK also had a similar article.

This is like Lucy in the sky with Diamonds which really was not about LSD as everyone assumed when the record came out.

However, I would like to point out one thing about the Amanita muscaria. Dick Schultes, in a pers. comm. to me in the late 1980s had informed me that the use of Amanita by vikings had finally been proven to be wrong.

Also, now, Michael Aldridge, the curator of the Fitshugh Ludlow Library (the largest Drug library in the world), is preparing a paper for publication which now shows that the plant/drug Soma of the Vedic hymns is not Amanita muscaria.

That is all i can say as I was asked not to post what he wrote to me until after he publishes his findings.

Anyway, happy holidays to all and to all a good shroom.

mj


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Re: Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer [Re: veggie]
    #6405970 - 12/28/06 08:10 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

ok so i pick amanita and do the whole shit and randomly today while wearing black 2 little kids called me santa and this hasnt been the first time





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Edited by thedudenj (12/28/06 08:34 PM)


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Re: Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer [Re: thedudenj]
    #6405985 - 12/28/06 08:17 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

Those are beauties! :laugh:


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Re: Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer [Re: white_noise]
    #6406497 - 12/28/06 11:30 PM (13 years, 11 months ago)

LOL! that was a good read


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Re: Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer [Re: Eternitys_Child]
    #6406627 - 12/29/06 12:27 AM (13 years, 11 months ago)

wait, so tinsel = jizz?... :stoned: riiiiight i get it...


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Re: Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer [Re: veggie]
    #6410047 - 12/30/06 10:08 AM (13 years, 10 months ago)

For the record, James Arthur was always full of shit. I listened to him for 5 hours on Art Bell like 8 years ago and then researched all his claims and looked up his personal site and so on... there were faults everywhere - and they came from him making up his own versions of history and outright lying about what his sources said. James Arthur is a fraud.

As for the Christmas thing, it's entirely bogus. Why? Because it starts by saying that Christmas falsly originates from Christianity, and then attempts to prove so by relating the Santa colors to non-Christian sources.
Well um, Santa isn't what Christians celebrate on Christmas - they celebrate Christ, hence the Christ-mas, not Santa-mas.

What you're saying is that people celebrate Jesus' birth... because of Amanita Muscaria.
You've just twisted two traditions into one and claimed that the honoring of a person who didn't come out of that region exists because of the colors of a mushroom from that region.

Also, Coca Cola came up with the red and white Santa, while St. Nicholas didn't wear that red and white suit, so no matter how you put it, the claim is total BS. By the way, if St. Nicolas truly started the santa image then it is a Christian holiday in its roots, no matter where you derive the much later-concoted color scheme from.


In conclusion, since Santa Claus is foremost built on St. Nic, then his roots are entirely Christian, and as for the other elements of the holiday, well, they all very obviously came after the roots of the holiday. Myth busted.


James Arthus diserviced the entire psychedelic community with his eagerness to tell grand lies to the public just for a chance to boast that we owe everything and our souls to mushrooms. He was a fanatic, as bad as any religious extremist in Southern-America, and the kind of person who gives the impression that drug users are deluded nuts.
He even had his own group of naive followers just like religous extremist groups do.


Oh, and that part about most historians agreeing that Nicholas didn't actually exist is also complete bs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Nicolas#Life


Edited by Disco Cat (12/30/06 01:01 PM)


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Re: Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer [Re: Disco Cat]
    #6410748 - 12/30/06 04:38 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

The facts presented by mj and disco cat are very compelling and also disturbing. I am beginning to have my doubts about my belief in Santa Claus.

At least there still is the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and Big Foot, which can't be debunked. But I have heard some unsettling rumors about Nessie as of late.


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Re: Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer [Re: veggie]
    #6410795 - 12/30/06 04:57 PM (13 years, 10 months ago)

Quote:

The facts presented by mj and disco cat are very compelling and also disturbing.




Do you have a link for me to read about it?


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Re: Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer [Re: veggie]
    #26037258 - 06/06/19 10:40 PM (1 year, 5 months ago)

So I understand they are not Cubes,  I understand (erowid)  that they are a different ballgame all together.

So if you were to find these,  growing naturally.
Would you EAT?
and how much would you eat?

https://erowid.org/experiences/subs/exp_Amanitas.shtml


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    #26041970 - 06/09/19 04:50 PM (1 year, 5 months ago)

Shroomery has a ton of info on these. Use the Search function for info overload. They have a bunch of side effects if I'm not mistaken, and don't really give a Psychedelic experience but are more like a Deliriant.


Not something I'd personally try but each his\her own.


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    #26046298 - 06/11/19 06:35 PM (1 year, 5 months ago)

was not rly looking for the information.
Am aware of the information, and the preparation.  As well as the negative effects, and questionable character.

The question was MUCH  simpler than that.
Would you partake, and how heavily.  :smile:  I am not trying to be rude,    but you understand the difference in.

"What can you tell me about these, so I don;t have to look it up"
vs
"Would you eat"


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Re: Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer [Re: Northernblades]
    #26053292 - 06/15/19 02:11 AM (1 year, 5 months ago)

I can't remember where i read it or heard it,  but Siberian shamans would eat the AM and would collect their urine and it was urine that the shaman doled out to those who sought him out.

The AM would convert to psilocin in the kidneys and liver and excrete out in urine vs. affecting the shaman.

So my understanding is if you want to blast off on AM, you've got to eat and then drink your urine - which technically is totally sterile and not necessarily taboo in all cultures.

Not had the nerve myself,  but curious if anyone would admit and report out if they've done and experienced this with any psilocybin mushroom...


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Re: Hallucinogenic mushrooms and flying reindeer [Re: sycodelix]
    #26053993 - 06/15/19 02:23 PM (1 year, 5 months ago)

you can also make a cider out of it,  cooking it in... want to say vinegar? to neutralize the same toxins.

I understand it is more of a spiritual experience / out of body delirium.


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