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(Yahoo)   Scientists, your buddy's weird roommate, say that the story of Santa and his flying reindeer can be linked to the use of hallucinogenic mushrooms by Eskimo shamans   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 10
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2012-12-21 12:03:28 PM  
Nope. Odin riding his eight-legged steed, Sleipnir.

And "red nosed reindeer" came from Sleipnir's joy of feasting upon the entrails of slain warriors.

Krampus is the Reason for the Season!
 
2012-12-21 12:08:12 PM  
Except that shaman isn't an Eskimo word, or even native to the Americas, but rather Siberia.
 
2012-12-21 12:36:26 PM  

nekom: Except that shaman isn't an Eskimo word, or even native to the Americas, but rather Siberia.


Subbys never let facts or the actual article contents get in the way of a good headline.
 
2012-12-21 12:43:06 PM  
Mmm... Amanita muscaria...

Good times.

Half the fun is traipsing through the woods hunting them.

/The other half is flying around the room later that night ;)
 
2012-12-21 12:43:26 PM  
So, that guy
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was on shrooms?

Far out.

/derives all knowledge on drug culture from 70's movies.
 
2012-12-21 12:46:01 PM  
I get that Christmas traditions are derived from Germanic paganism. That's not a hard stretch. What baffles me is how Skando-Germanic trides connect to Siberian tribes. Aside from living in high latitudes, there's not a lot of similarity that I know of.

The guy says that if you know about Shamans then you totally get this connection. To me that's like saying if you take magic mushrooms, this totally makes sense.
 
2012-12-21 12:53:53 PM  

cgraves67: I get that Christmas traditions are derived from Germanic paganism. That's not a hard stretch. What baffles me is how Skando-Germanic trides connect to Siberian tribes. Aside from living in high latitudes, there's not a lot of similarity that I know of.

The guy says that if you know about Shamans then you totally get this connection. To me that's like saying if you take magic mushrooms, this totally makes sense.


Laplanders.
 
2012-12-21 01:06:52 PM  

FunkOut: Laplanders

 
2012-12-21 01:20:56 PM  

FunkOut: cgraves67: I get that Christmas traditions are derived from Germanic paganism. That's not a hard stretch. What baffles me is how Skando-Germanic trides connect to Siberian tribes. Aside from living in high latitudes, there's not a lot of similarity that I know of.

The guy says that if you know about Shamans then you totally get this connection. To me that's like saying if you take magic mushrooms, this totally makes sense.

Laplanders.


I looked into the Sami (Laplanders) a bit. It seems that the Sami share some religious shamanic traditions with the North American and Siberian tribes. However, there haven't been records of strong links between these peoples and the Sami. THe similarities may be the result of convergent adaptation due to similar environments rather than exchange of ideas.

There also seems to have been some interchange between the Sami and Skandanavians, although what I saw indicated it was more Skando-Germanic paganism going north, but some shamanism could have influenced southward.

I would call the theory plausible but tenuous.
 
2012-12-21 01:28:35 PM  
Santa was invented by coca-cola.
 
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