We love this time of year, holidays and good times with family and friends are here! This week we were reminded by a childhood memory, “How Santa came to wear His “Red and White” suit.
According to the theory, the legend of Santa derives from shamans in the Siberian and Arctic regions who dropped into locals’ homes with a bag full of Holy Mushrooms as presents in late December,
“As the story goes, up until a few hundred years ago, these practicing sharmans or priests connected to the older traditions would collect Amanita muscaria (the Holy Mushroom), dry them and then give them as gifts on the winter solstice,” “Because snow is usually blocking doors, there was an opening in the roof through which people entered and exited, thus the chimney story.”( The Amanita muscaria mushroom, which is deep red with white flecks.)
- Mushrooms, like gifts, are found beneath pine trees.
People bring pine trees into their houses at the winter solsticeplacing brightly coloured (red-and-white) packages under their boughs, as gifts to show their love for each other. This is because, underneath the pine bough is the exact location where one would find this Mushroom in the wild. (Note: Do not eat these mushrooms, as they can be poisonous.)
- Reindeer were shaman “spirit animals.” Reindeer are common in Siberia and northern Europe, and seek out these hallucinogenic fungi. Biologist who studies fungi, suggests that Siberian tribesmen who ingested fly agaric may have hallucinated that the grazing reindeer were flying.
- Shamans dressed like … Santa Claus.
These shamans “also have a tradition of dressing up like the mushroom … they dress up in red suits with white spots,” Tree ornaments shaped like Amanita mushrooms and other depictions of the fungi are also prevalent in Christmas decorations throughout the world, particularly in Scandinavia and northern Europe.
- Rudolph’s nose resembles a bright-red mushroom.
Rudolph as another example of the mushroom imagery resurfacing: His nose looks exactly like a red mushroom.
- “A Visit from St. Nicholas” may have borrowed from shaman rituals
Many of the modern details of the modern-day Santa Claus come from the 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (which later became famous as “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”). The poem is credited to Clement Clarke Moore, an aristocratic academic who lived in New York City.
Have a wonderful, Happy and Safe Christmas to you all!
And Best wishes for 2016