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 reindeers, 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.
Ruck, a Boston University classicist who studies the use of psychoactive substances in religious and ancient cultural rituals, found that Sami shamans of Lapland consumed a type of psychoactive…