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indigenous traditions from many native peoples have been borrowed for modern Christmas celebrations, such as mistletoe from Celtic fertility rites and holly (originally to ward off evil) from the Druidic tradition. Originally Santa Claus was not red and white, but was first depicted like this due to a seasonal link to native spiritual traditions involving hallucinogenic red and white mushrooms known as fly agaric. Later the Coca Cola company would patent these colours and popularize the now universally accepted colours of Santa’s costume. Quote taken from here..
In northeastern Siberia, the Kamchadal,Chukchi, and Koryak peoples worshiped the Great Reindeer Spirit, their believe that the only people who could communicate with with the Great Reindeer Spirit where Tribal Shamen or Witch doctor, as today in most tribal nations Shaman use Hallucinogenic Fungi to create a trance like state, allowing them (allegedly) to fly to the Spirit world to collect messages and gifts in the shape of new songs, Stories, and Dances for their people, Entering the Spirit world during their trances.
Saint Nicholas of Myra is the primary inspiration for the Christian figure of Santa Claus. He was a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop of Myra in Lycia, a province of the Byzantine Anatolia, now in Turkey. Nicholas was famous for his generous gifts to the poor, in particular presenting the three impoverished daughters of a pious Christian with dowries so that they would not have to become prostitutes. He was very religious from an early age and devoted his life entirely to Christianity. In Europe (more precisely the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Germany) he is still portrayed as a bearded bishop in canonical robes. In 1087, the Italian city of Bari, wanting to enter the profitable pilgrimage industry of the times, mounted an expedition to locate the tomb of the Christian Saint and procure the remains. The reliquary of St. Nicholas was desecrated by Italian sailors and the spoils, including his relics, taken to Bari   where they are kept to this day. A basilica was constructed the same year to store the loot and the area became a pilgrimage site for the devout, thus justifying the economic cost of the expedition. Saint Nicholas became claimed as a patron saint of many diverse groups, from archers and children to pawnbrokers. He is also the patron saint of both Amsterdam and Moscow.
Originally posted by toasted
I hope you all find this interesting.
For starters, I heard that both Nimrod and Tammuz, had birthdays on Dec 25th. I think hislop verifies one of them.
Next find your concordance and in the back there should be a list of hebrew letters and the numbers that have always corresponded to them and, find the number for satan. Only the consonants count! The vowels were added for pronunciation. Just jot down that number.
Now get your concordance and look up the chapter where satan is first mentioned, now count the chapters in the Bible from the front and jot down the number of that chapter.
And then finally, get a calender and see where exactly those number[s] lines up on.
Originally posted by azzllin
I would be interested to hear of other traditions surrounding not just Santa but other religious holidays, most commonly accepted as coming from Ancient Pagan Ritual and ceremony.