|Was "Santa" originally a Siberian/Scandinavian shaman distributing magic mushrooms?|
|Reindeer-drawn sleigh in pagan Scandinavia, the Norwegian Lapland (visitnorway.com)|
|Budai (Elysia in Wonderland)|
No, it is because scholarly research has shown us the true origins of the Santa Claus.
|Weihnachten means Krampus|
- (Many Buddhists are Russians, and many more are Mongolian-Siberians, Central Asians, and inhabitants of Europe's only indigenously Buddhist country, Kalmykia).
|Amanita mushrooms on pine needle floor|
- Why pine trees? Is it because they are evergreen and therefore a symbol of fertility? Partly as birthrates nine months down the road show, but mainly because these fly agaric mushrooms (Amanita muscaria) have a symbiotic relationship with the roots of pine trees. Not much can grow in the bed of dropped needles, a chemical plant strategy to enhance the success of their species by more or less sterilizing adjacent ground and minimizing competition.
|Paul Stamets: the world's first "Internet" or communication Web, Mycelium "Running"|
|Mushrooms communicate very well.|
|Jolly Budai or Hotei with his sack and candy (Dbonyun/flickr.com)|
|Massive Budai (melissahardytrevenna)|
- Eventually the legend of an obese saintly man carrying a big sack of gifts to give out drifted Far(ther) East from Siberia to China and made it to Buddhist Asia. In addition to Scandinavian shaman "Santa" in his white and red furs, there is Chinese shraman "Santa" in his patchwork saffron robes: Budai (Hotei) Bodhisattva, the "fat, happy Laughing Buddha" as he is almost universally regarded. He was actually a historical figure, a jolly and rotund Buddhist monk who went about carrying a sack of treats to give to children.
|Jesus was a mushroom -- no, really, he was!|
|The would-be Satan or Santa?|
|Ye olde Xmas catalogs (wishbook)|
Of course, Jesus of Nazareth may have been a good Middle Eastern man and troublemaker (or an exiled dynastic Egyptian trying to gather up an army to attack the Pharaoh), but he only lived on in legend as the "greatest person who ever lived" (Jesus Christ superstar) because clever esoteric Essene/Jewish cultists embodied the lore of magic mushrooms in the name of this obscure figure.
|Sami (Erika Larsen/NYTimes.com)|Xmas in Japan = money
|Scandinavian shaman fairyland|
Allegro figured out and published how Jesus came to be conflated with magic mushroom lore, but that he was, of that Allegro was absolutely convinced.
|Garden gnome Budai|
|Paul Stamets' Fungi Perfecti (fungi.com)|
|Sami girl in kolt (visitnorway)|