Podcast! Santa and Magic Mushrooms!

It’s totally a thing! Don’t believe me? Then listen!

Okay, maybe it takes some suspension of disbelief, but IT’S A BEAUTIFUL IDEA!

Here’s all the stuff I promised in the podcast.

First, here’s a link to the full interviews with both Dr. Rush and Dr. Ruck:


Dr. John Rush, Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Carl Ruck, Professor of Classical Studies


Further reading:

Jerry and Julie Brown, The Psychedelic Gospels: The Secret History of Hallucinogens in Christianity

John Arthur, Mushrooms and Mankind: the Impact of Mushrooms on Human Consciousness and Religion

Terrence McKenna, Food of the Gods: the Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution

Phyllis Siefker, Santa Claus, the Last of the Wild Men









Thomas Nast‘s Santa:





Siberian shaman:

Siberian Soma ritualsiberian-shaman-with-mushrooms-web


Music from the episode:


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