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Magic Mushrooms May Explain Santa & His 'Flying' Reindeer
Live Science.com ^ | 12/20/12 | Douglas Main

Posted on 12/22/2012 6:37:44 AM PST by P.O.E.

This Christmas, like many before it and many yet to come, the story of Santa and his flying reindeer will be told, including how the "jolly old elf" flies on his sleigh throughout the entire world in one night, giving gifts to all the good children. But according to one theory, the story of Santa and his flying reindeer can be traced to an unlikely source: hallucinogenic or "magic" mushrooms. "Santa is a modern counterpart of a shaman, who consumed mind-altering plants and fungi to commune with the spirit world,"

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According to the theory, the legend of Santa derives from shamans in the Siberian and Arctic regions who dropped into locals' teepeelike homes with a bag full of hallucinatory mushrooms as presents in late December, Rush said.

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"Because snow is usually blocking doors, there was an opening in the roof through which people entered and exited, thus the chimney story." But that's just the beginning of the symbolic connections between the Amanita muscaria mushroom and the iconography of Christmas, according to several historians and ethnomycologists, or people who study the influence fungi has had on human societies. Of course, not all scientists agree that the Santa story is tied to a hallucinogen.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: dude
Have at it.

OK, I'll start - watch Santa at about 10:20 through 10:40 in MST3K's version of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

1 posted on 12/22/2012 6:37:53 AM PST by P.O.E.
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To: P.O.E.

probably explains Obama voters as well.


2 posted on 12/22/2012 6:39:17 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: P.O.E.

It was magic dust according to Cheech and Chong.


3 posted on 12/22/2012 6:39:50 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: P.O.E.; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

“How did he do all those things? How did he get those reindeer off the ground?”

“Aw man, because he had some magic DUST!”

Cheech and Chong


4 posted on 12/22/2012 6:40:32 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: P.O.E.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2971190/posts


5 posted on 12/22/2012 7:00:20 AM PST by mikrofon (That explains things...)
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To: P.O.E.
Magic Mushrooms May Explain Santa & His 'Flying' Reindeer

I'll be durn, they also could explain this judge.

Eligibility judge quotes famous Santa case

Movie judge Henry X. Harper: "Uh, since the United States Government declares this man to be Santa Claus, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed."

Federal judge abruptly ordering the case dismissed, "Since the United States Government declares this man to be president, this court will not dispute it. Case dismissed.”

6 posted on 12/22/2012 7:01:53 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: P.O.E.

It’s not unnecessarily an unreasonable theory. The shaman would drop off magic mushrooms and he would pick up food, clothing, or whatever else is needed. Being done, in the middle of the night, body would ever see him.

I’m personally along the lines that our mythos are based on real events or people.


7 posted on 12/22/2012 7:02:24 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: P.O.E.

This also explains other magical flying beings, like Mary Poppins.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T5_0AGdFic


8 posted on 12/22/2012 7:03:52 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Pennies and Nickels will NO LONGER be Minted as of 1/1/13 - Tim Geithner, US Treasury Sect)
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To: Jonty30

I think the only mushrooms in this story are the ones ingested by the author.


9 posted on 12/22/2012 7:03:52 AM PST by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: P.O.E.

Ho ho ho wow man....


10 posted on 12/22/2012 7:04:32 AM PST by DManA
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To: Jonty30

Except it is likely he was seen, for an odd reason.

For many years, anthropologists were somewhat puzzled by common references to a “first sleep” and “second sleep”, prior to the industrial revolution.

As it turned out, sleeping throughout the night has not always been the rule, and for perhaps most people, after their first sleep they would wake up for a few hours, to do a few chores like stoking the fire and going to the toilet, before going back to sleep for awhile before waking up with the dawn or before.

This all changed with the industrial revolution to the idea of work all day and sleep all night. It also explains why so many people have problems with sleeping all night.

In any event, around the world, shaman rarely share any of their drugs with others, except in uncommon ceremonies, because it goes against their business. That is, if anyone can “talk to the gods” anytime they like, there is no need for a shaman.

This rule applies just as much in primitive societies as it does to say, Catholic Priests.


11 posted on 12/22/2012 7:16:21 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Pennies and Nickels will NO LONGER be Minted as of 1/1/13 - Tim Geithner, US Treasury Sect)
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To: P.O.E.

Somebody got into way better shrooms than I ever found


12 posted on 12/22/2012 7:18:50 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: P.O.E.

13 posted on 12/22/2012 7:19:27 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Jonty30

If you read on, the author does make some plausible (klaus-able?) points.

But as for me, I’d rather have candy & toys in my stocking.


14 posted on 12/22/2012 7:30:03 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

See Cheech and Chong: “Santa Clause and his old lady”


15 posted on 12/22/2012 7:31:08 AM PST by Fido969
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To: P.O.E.

See Cheech and Chong: “Santa Clause and his old lady”


16 posted on 12/22/2012 7:31:27 AM PST by Fido969
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To: gunsequalfreedom

btw - the first pic is from Central Park's Christmas display.

17 posted on 12/22/2012 7:35:56 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

Puts a whole new meaning to “dashing through the snow”


18 posted on 12/22/2012 7:37:03 AM PST by mitch5501 ("make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall")
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To: cripplecreek

“A little for you, a little for Santa Claus!”


19 posted on 12/22/2012 7:45:34 AM PST by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: mitch5501

It also explains why they were laughing all the way.


20 posted on 12/22/2012 7:48:15 AM PST by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: Freestate316

and what about Rudy with the big red nose? It’s all starting to make sense.


21 posted on 12/22/2012 7:52:31 AM PST by mitch5501 ("make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall")
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To: P.O.E.; muawiyah

Pinging the resident FR expert upon such matters.


22 posted on 12/22/2012 7:54:13 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: P.O.E.

As long as I get my red Corvette, I don’t care how Santa makes it to my place! LOL!


23 posted on 12/22/2012 7:55:29 AM PST by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: muir_redwoods

I think he’s been out in the cow pasture again!


24 posted on 12/22/2012 8:10:42 AM PST by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
This also explains other magical flying beings, like Mary Poppins.

You don't want to know the alleged reason witches use brooms to fly....

You will never look at another cartoon witch astride a broom (against a moon background) again without giggling or disgust

(It involves real baby fat and belladonna)
25 posted on 12/22/2012 8:13:40 AM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: P.O.E.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1082419/posts?page=42#42

"To: muawiyah Does this explain how Santa Claus flies? The reindeer eat amanita muscaria? ` 42 posted on February 22, 2004 5:48:22 PM EST by CobaltBlue"

26 posted on 12/22/2012 8:16:11 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: RegulatorCountry; P.O.E.

To: muawiyah
Does this explain how Santa Claus flies? The reindeer eat amanita muscaria?
42 posted on February 22, 2004 5:48:22 PM EST by CobaltBlue


27 posted on 12/22/2012 8:18:28 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Dang beat me to it by almost (but not quite) 8 years and 10 months. :)


28 posted on 12/22/2012 8:37:36 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.
Santa is a modern counterpart of a shaman, who consumed mind-altering plants and fungi to commune with the spirit world,"

Jesus as a symbol of the mushroom

29 posted on 12/22/2012 9:04:03 AM PST by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Perdogg

True both live in the dark and live off manure.


30 posted on 12/22/2012 9:07:06 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: P.O.E.

I know i posted my first reindeer/amanita muscaria/sa’ami post sometime in 2000 ~ just before we moved from Alexandria to Arlington (offices) ~ but Google.com didn’t seem to pick up on that one!


31 posted on 12/22/2012 9:08:03 AM PST by muawiyah
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