Originally Posted by nvidia2008
I'm curious about the 3.7 billion number. Is that Christians? Or kids? Or good kids? Or kids he hasn't visited yet? Yeah my left brain is overdeveloped in some aspects.
Maybe this isn't the only planet that Santa delievers on?
This is a fetching idea, though on the surface no mythic figure could seem to be more Earthly than the red-and-white-frocked Spirit of the year's end. The theories that he embodies Saturnalian feasts on the Amanita muscaria mushroom, itself clothed like Santa and able to induce good shamans and their reindeer to "fly," should be taken very seriously, as accurate festal lore and as anthropology.
Terence McKenna and maybe his brother Dennis had one great idea (among many others) that mushroom spores could survive interplanetary travel in comets or meteorites, just as some theories say amino acids could have traveled. So there may be jolly trickster mushroom figures on other planets who dress up in red and white.
The present secularization of Christmas is a healthy return to its magico-mythic roots in Mithraism and the other dying-and-resurrecting gods and their mystery festal systems: Osiris, Adonis, Tammuz, Dionysus, and finally, this Jeshua character, who seems to have valiantly tried to restore the ancent mystery tradition of seeking "the heaven within." No wonder they did him in. He would have made priests and their religions obsolete. The theft of the solstice Saturnalias in his name was an attempt to bury the real tradition of ecstatic initiation that stretched back at least 30,000 years.
Now we have another chance, with knowledge and massively connected world communication. I think 3.7B is the estimate of the desired critical mass of pocketed computers. Merry Yuletide. Ho ho ho.
by Gordon Wasson, Food for Centaurs
by Robert Graves, Supernatural
by Graham Hancock, and Mushroms, Myth and Mithras
by Ruck, Hoffman and González Celdrán, just recently published. Also The Archaic Revival
, by Terence McKenna, for starters.