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Dr. Piers Vitebsky, Ph.D, is the Head of Anthropology and Russian Northern Studies at the Scott Polar Research Institute in England. He is also the author of numerous books about shamanism.
Since 1988, Dr. Vitebsky has been carrying out fieldwork among the Eveny tribe who are the shamans and nomadic reindeer herders of the Siberian Arctic. Dr. Vitebsky and his family have led a fascinating life while living among these indigenous people of Siberia, whose partnership with reindeer has shaped their way of life for centuries.
Thousands of years ago, the ancestors of the Eveny and Evenki tribes moved out of northeast China and spread out across forests, tundras and mountain ranges, from Mongolia to the Arctic Ocean, and from the Pacific almost to the Ural Mountains. They are the most widely spread indigenous people on any landmass on Earth.
What is most interesting is that these nomads achieved this mobility by training reindeer to pull them on sleds, which they mounted on low runners. To the headgear of the lead reindeer, they attached bells, which could be heard through a blizzard by the passengers who brought up the rear of their caravan of sleds.
It is shamanism that is at the heart of the Eveny and Evenki tribes, as well as other tribes, such as the Sámi, which are the only official indigenous people of the Nordic countries.
Shamanism is a philosophy that suggests that the four fundamental elements of nature possess a spirit force that can be controlled by those with a pure heart. Their shamans are the high priests and mediators between the spiritual and material worlds. The word shaman comes from the Tungusi language that is spoken by these tribesmen.
The tribal elders believe that reindeer were created by their sky god, Hovki, to provide food and transport, and to lift their souls up to the Sun. Every year, they performed a ritual that symbolized the ascension of people on the back of a flying winged reindeer. The ritual included a rope that was stretched between two trees. The rope represented a gateway to the Sun.[i]
At the very center of these rituals, was the ingestion of a mushroom, called the Amanita muscaria, which is also known as the Fly Agaric. This mushroom contains trace amounts of Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) an entheogen that is naturally produced in the brain’s Pineal gland.[ii] The word entheogen takes its origins from the Greek word entheos, which means ‘full of the god,’ and genesthai, which means ‘to come into being.’
DMT has come to be known as the Spirit Molecule. It facilitates a transcendental experience of universal Love and Compassion. It is what enables our Spirit to journey into hyperSpace, beyond the third-dimensional realms of Time and Space.[iii]
With the emergence of the Russians and Orthodox Christianity around 900 AD, many members of the nomadic Eveny, Evenki and Sámi tribes converted to Christianity and gave up their pagan, reindeer herding lifestyle. This is what led to the symbolism in the Christmas tradition, at the very root of which is the secret of the Amanita muscaria mushroom. The Israelites called this mushroom manna.
Before it can be consumed, the Amanita muscaria mushroom must be dried. Typically, they were dried by stringing them together, and then hanging them above the hearth of a fireplace.
The Pine tree under which this mushroom grows almost exclusively is one of the central features of the Christmas holidays. It became a tradition to hang little red balls on the Pine tree at Christmas and to expect to find ‘gifts’ underneath that same tree in the morning, ‘when the dew that lay on the ground has gone up.'[iv]
And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing. Exodus 16:14
In the third century AD, the Roman Emperor Lucius Domitius Aurelianus established December 25 as the birthday of the Sun. The festival that took place was called Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, which in Latin means ‘the unconquered sun god.’ This festival formed a part of the Roman winter solstice celebration.
During a solstice, the Sun appears to stop in its path for three days, and then reverse its direction. It is on the winter solstice of December 21 when the Sun is at the lowest point of its power. So the winter solstice is the darkest day of the year. But, three days later, the Sun begins to rise again, on December 25. As below, so above.
The actual events surrounding the birth of Jesus, the Christ child, were orchestrated so that we could understand the symbolism behind those events at this critical transition period. The Christmas holiday is not a celebration of his birth; nor is Easter ‘Sunday’ a celebration of his resurrection. Both are celebrations of the rebirth of the Christ in mass, which is a state to which we will all return after the rising of the Grand Central Sun.
As above, so below. How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?
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[i] The Reindeer People: Living with Animals and Spirits in Siberia, Piers Vitebsky, Houghton Mifflin, 2005
[ii] Holy People of the World: A Cross-Cultural Encyclopedia, Phyllis G. Jestice, ABC-CLIO, 2004
[iii] Dark Room: Ancient Technology for Spiritual Alchemy, Zen Master Ro, October 23, 2010
[iv] Mushrooms and Mankind: The Impact of Mushrooms on Human Consciousness and Religion, James Arthur, The Book Tree, 2003