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An examination of the sacred botany and the pagan origins and rituals of Christmas • Analyzes the symbolism of the many plants associated with Christmas • Reveals the shamanic rituals that are at the heart of the Christmas celebration The day on which many commemorate the birth of Christ has its origins in pagan rituals that center on tree worship agriculture magic and social exchange But Christmas is no ordinary folk observance It is an evolving feast that over the centuries has absorbed elements from cultures all over the world practices that give plants and plant spirits pride of place In fact the symbolic us. This book looks back at history and explains the origins of some of our modern day Christmas traditions the Christmas tree the colors red and white various common decorations St Nicholas and his cousins Father Christmas and Sinterklaas among others and various festivals held over the centuries around the world that coincide with Christmas The idea that Santa's reindeer fly because they're high on magic mushrooms made me giggle a bit I must admit There was a lot of new information in here that I hadn't come across before probably because the authors are German and a lot of these traditions were things I wasn't familiar with but unfortunately the book was not very well organized got repetitive at times possibly because there were two authors I don't know and was not easy to navigate I enjoyed reading about some of these things including the bits about Baccy Claus the smoking Christmas man with various 'baccy recipes LOL This isn't a book I want to make room for as a permanent reference however as it just isn't very user friendly however much interesting stuff it might contain

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Pagan Christmas The Plants Spirits and Rituals at the Origins of YuletideE of plants at Christmas effectively transforms the modern day living room into a place of shamanic ritual Christian Rätsch and Claudia Müller Ebeling show how the ancient meaning of the botanical elements of Christmas provides a uniue view of the religion that existed in Europe before the introduction of Christianity The fir tree was originally revered as the sacred World Tree in northern Europe When the church was unable to drive the tree cult out of people’s consciousness it incorporated the fir tree by dedicating it to the Christ child Father Christmas in his red and white suit who flies through the sky in a. This book should have been called Hippie Degenerate Aryan Christmas I wish I had not judged a book by it's cover The pictures featured in Pagan Christmas are the only redeeming value of this extremely disappointing book It surely did not put me in the Christmas spirit

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DOWNLOAD Þ Pagan Christmas The Plants Spirits and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide ¼ An examination of the sacred botany and the pagan origins and rituals of Christmas • Analyzes the symbolism of the many plants associated with Christmas • Reveals the shamanic rituals that are at the heart oSleigh drawn by reindeer has his mythological roots in the shamanic reindeer herding tribes of arctic Europe and Siberia These northern shamans used the hallucinogenic fly agaric mushroom which is red and white to make their soul flights to the other world Apples which figure heavily in Christmas baking are symbols of the sun god Apollo so they find a natural place at winter solstice celebrations of the return of the sun In fact the authors contend that the emphasis of Christmas on green plants and the promise of the return of life in the dead of winter is just an adaptation of the pagan winter solstice celebration. A slightly mis leading book It's less about ChristmasYuletideSolstice traditions though there is plenty about that than it is about Christmas PLANTS Not as silly as it sounds Christmas trees mistletoe plums holly berries; there are lots of plants associated with our rituals Christian AND pagan from that time of year But it helps going into this book if you have a a feel and an ear for botany to begin with There is a wealth of information here but unfortunately the little snippets often don't seem to flow from one another in a sensible manner it all feels kind of randomly assembled This is a scholarly essay translated from German and as such it probably comes across as a bit dry than it did in its original language So not uite what I hoped it to be but if you're looking for an introduction to aspects of Christmas from around the world you could do worse