Mudcat Café message #1355969 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #54983   Message #1355969
Posted By: TheBigPinkLad
13-Dec-04 - 05:22 PM
Thread Name: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
Subject: RE: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
I agree the Clement Moore tie-ins are a stretch, but Nordic mythology describes Odin himself as coming to Earth in the darkest days of winter to present children and poor people with gifts (usually of food) and the shamans of the same descent used to eat the fly agaric and save their urine for communnal jollity. The kidneys effectively filter the toxins and leave the hallucinogen. Don't try this at home -- shamans practiced over years eating minute quantities and building up some tolerance (think of Rasputin) but they didn't live very long enough to develop kidney failure anyway.

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