Santa Claus: Was Santa Claus an Ancient Shaman Who Rode Reindeers and Got High on Mushroom? Reasearches Think So

Santa Claus: Was Santa Claus an Ancient Shaman Who Rode Reindeers and Got High on Mushroom? Reasearches Think So


Santa Claus—otherwise known as Saint Nicholas or Kris Kringle—has a long history steeped in Christmas traditions. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red who brings toys to good girls and boys on Christmas Eve, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century, when Saint Nicholas walked the earth and became the patron saint of children. Find out more about the history of Santa Claus from his earliest origins to the shopping mall Santas of today, and discover how two New Yorkers—Clement Clark Moore and Thomas Nast—were major influences on the Santa Claus millions of children wait for each 

What if everyone's favourite Christmas character Santa Claus was a drug consuming shaman? And instead of gifts, he just brought wisdom and solutions to problems? Would he still be as popular as Western pop culture has made him?


According to a new theory by researchers like Paul Ruck and Lawrence Millman, the legend of Santa Clause, the rotund, florid, old man in a red suit who arrives from the North Pole in a sled pulled by reindeer, was indeed born out of ancient shamans that existed in the region between Finland and Sweden.

According to the researchers, Santa's origins can be interpreted from Shamanic traditions followed by the Sami people indigenous to "Lapland". The area in present day contains bits of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Russia.

A Boston University scientist studying the use of psychoactive substances in religious and ancient cultural rituals, Rook found that Sami Shemons of Lapland consumed a type of psychoactive and highly toxic mushroom called amanita mascaria. Eating mushrooms allegedly gave the showman psychic abilities and thus could connect with other supernatural realms, so that humans could seek answers to solutions to problems.

This is where things get interesting. It is said that among the Sami, there was a belief that those who consumed Amanita muscaria started to look like one. Meaning, they had red blotches, they were round and rotund.Ruck and Millman posited that this image of the Shaman, who rode in on reindeer-pulled sledges and entered locals' tents from the chimney, owning to blockage of front doors due to snow, may have provided the initial basis for the lore of Santa.

This was not all, the showman was paid in food for the good news he brought, Santa Claus was paid for all the gifts he had been given in milk and cookies. Researchers find that the "gifts" the ancient Shamans brought were spiritual in nature rather than materialistic.

According to Lawrence, this is the problem with Christmas today. The festival, which should have been about love and spirituality, has become marred by capitalism and materialism. For many, Christmas as well as Santa Claus are just symbolic of Christmas presents. But delving into human folklore and mythology can often provide deeper insights into human traditions and may even end up enriching our experience of the same in the present time.

According to Lawrence, this is the problem with Christmas today. The festival, which should have been about love and spirituality, has become marred by capitalism and materialism. For many, Christmas as well as Santa Claus are just symbolic of Christmas presents. But delving into human folklore and mythology can often provide deeper insights into human traditions and may even end up enriching our experience of the same in the present time.