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Amanita Muscaria - Santa

Shown: Amanita Muscaria (Fly Agaric) - “The Devil” Tarot Card by Catrin Welz Stein.

Aesthetically, there is no more beautiful mushroom than the Fly Agaric / Amanita Muscaria. My obsession is real.

Reportedly, the Amanita Muscaria mushroom is said to play a pivotal role in Indigenous Siberian religious practices, which may have inspired the legend of Santa Claus.

The Indigenous shamans, Kamchadales and the Koryaks of Siberia, dressed in ceremonial garments of red and white to signify the importance of the mushrooms, were said to collect Amanita Muscaria (The Holy Mushroom), and then dry them by either hanging the harvested mushrooms on lower branches of a tree or by putting them in a stocking hung over a fire. The mushrooms were then given as gifts on the winter solstice. Several sources report that the shaman may have delivered the mushrooms by tossing them down the opening at the top of each village yurt.

Not to be outdone by humans, local reindeer are also known to feed on the Amanita Muscaria. It has been suggested that the reindeer themselves seek out the red and white Amanita Muscaria in their habitats because they have a desire to achieve altered states of consciousness. The idea of flying reindeer may have evolved from the fact that the reindeer under the influence of the mushrooms are able to leap in a high energy way.

Psychedelic flights of fantasy, and reindeer. Cheers!


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