Santa Claus, super shaman
December 22, 2003 2:47 PM   Subscribe

Psychedelic Santa Claus. "Modern Christmas traditions are based on ancient mushroom-using shamans." [Via J-Walk blog.]
posted by homunculus (15 comments total)
Instead of perpetuating outdated and confusing holiday myths, it might be more fulfilling to return to the original source of these seasonal celebrations.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 solstice? What better gift can a family share than a little piece of love and enlightenment?

If only, if only...
posted by badstone at 3:29 PM on December 22, 2003

Although my cousin secretly fed my entire extended family brownies one 4th of July recently and that ended up being one of the most pleasant family visits in a looong time.
posted by badstone at 3:31 PM on December 22, 2003

This is just begging for a photoshop contest.

If you enjoyed the article, you might also like e-sheep's Saturnalia. Emphasis on If and Might.
posted by condour75 at 4:01 PM on December 22, 2003

Wow, homunculus. Thanks. I particularly love the images on this secondary link.
posted by digaman at 5:23 PM on December 22, 2003

Condour75, you beat me to it.
posted by Asparagirl at 5:29 PM on December 22, 2003

Oh...I want magic mushrooms for Christmas!

And a pony.
posted by dejah420 at 6:00 PM on December 22, 2003

"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."

I suppose you could use a pony instead...
posted by homunculus at 6:13 PM on December 22, 2003

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.

Yech, thanks for sharing. Tinsel will never be quite the same.

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.

On second thought, no thanks for sharing.
posted by alms at 8:14 PM on December 22, 2003

I had a girlfriend, once, who drank her fresh urine for medicinal purposes. I respected her bravery.

""Reindeer are also fond of eating the amanita mushrooms; they will seek them out, then prance about while under their influence." - this quote belongs on a T-shirt or a billboard.
posted by troutfishing at 9:58 PM on December 22, 2003

Oh, for crying out loud.

The northern european Amanita Muscaria is not something you want to eat to get a buzz.
You'll get a bad, bad stomachache, fever, diarrhea, dizziness, unconsciousness and, if you are lucky, some brief hallucinations.

There is no evidence to suggest that viking berserkers (or anyone else in Scandinavia) ingested A. Muscaria.

The reason A. Muscaria seems to be (wrongfully) associated with hallucinogenic trips and pagan rituals is its distinct appearance, and sources that perpetuate this myth are annoying at best, dangerous at worst.

But if you are in northern europe and want to trip on 'shrooms, you should go for the much less spectacular-looking but safer and more potent Psilocybe Semilanceata.

Please observe that P. Semilanceata is illegal in some n. european countries.

When it comes to the connection between hallucinogens and religion, I would like to say just one word: Revelations.
posted by spazzm at 10:11 PM on December 22, 2003

Now you tell me!

*stares disappointedly at half-empty glass of reindeer piss*
posted by homunculus at 10:27 PM on December 22, 2003

Here are the Erowid and Lycaeum pages on Amanita.

Please observe that P. Semilanceata is illegal in some n. european countries.

Apparently Britain is not one of them.
posted by homunculus at 10:51 PM on December 22, 2003

Please observe that P. Semilanceata is illegal in some n. european countries.

Apparently Britain is not one of them."

I would actually like to propose the theory that the global spread of english is partially due to the brits accepting attitude towards intoxication.
posted by spazzm at 6:07 AM on December 23, 2003

Wow, drinking reindeer urine to get the mushroom buzz... that's a little much, ain't it? The few times that, um, a friend of mine has done mushrooms, that friend has complained that they taste like you're eating piss. It would have to be a reeeeeeally great buzz to justify this level of disgusting. Then again this friend never reported the sensation of flying around the world through the sky...

Anyway, thanks for pointing us to this, homunculus. A lot of the stuff seems to suffer from the correlation/causation fallacy, with grand jumps to conclusions that this derived from that because they're similar and one came after the other (I guess that's post-hoc/prompter-hoc, eh?), BUT there's a lot of good, provocative nuggets in there. This secondary link really made me start mulling all the interesting connections between SANTA and SATAN, other than the one-letter difference.
posted by soyjoy at 10:09 AM on December 23, 2003

soyjoy - fresh piss is sterile, BTW. ...and Santa IS Satan! Black Peter is his henchman....!

Homunculus - Calumus root, taken in certain forms and dosages, reportedly has hallucinogenic properties. I had a book once, called "The field guide to recreational drugs", which told me how to obtain this effect from the Calamus root.

The advice was a bit off, and I threw up for about 12 hours straight.

spazzm - The Yanks are in the game too.
posted by troutfishing at 11:47 PM on December 23, 2003

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