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Pagan Christmas The Plants Spirits and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide Free download Ú 5 Ê 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 Sleigh 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. Enjoyable book especially if you like plants

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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. It was an okay bookI was expecting but it's still pretty informativeIt discusses plants and some rituals involving plants during the Christmas holidays that originate from paganismEasy to read

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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. A wonderful book to prepare for the holidays