The Shamanic Origins of Christmas

If you thought Christmas was all about a baby in a manger, shepherds, wise men and a bright shining star, then you’re a little bit right and a little bit wrong.

While ‘Christmas’ sentiment and celebration may, for some people, be in honour of their religious beliefs, the actual manner in which we celebrate has been influenced by other factors. Such as shaman. And magic mushrooms.

Don’t believe me? Check out this post by Dana Larsen to find out what’s it’s really all about.

Still don’t believe me? Check out this BBC film. It must be true.


About ehauke

I am a Principal Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication at Imperial College. I teach on the MSc in Science Communication in the Science Communication Unit, and have recently developed a new academic module for the course called 'Science and Communication for Development'. I am also the Field Leader for Global Challenges within Imperial Horizons. Imperial Horizons is a programme offered to all Imperial undergraduates to help them broaden their education and pursue additional learning interests alongside their science, maths, engineering or medical degree. The Global Challenges field comprises eight different courses that give students the opportunity to develop their independent learning skills, team working and project skills and to gain an appreciation for interdisciplinary learning.

Posted on 7 December, 2011, in Culture and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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