Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas Handmade frame 2021 5x7 ‘St Nicholas’ 5X7 🍄🎄 Do you know the link between this type of mushroom (Amanita Muscaria) and Santa Claus? Here’s a snippet from author Mustapha Istani: “Santa is a modern counterpart of a shaman, who consumed mind-altering plants and fungi to commune with the spirit world”, he says, “as the story goes, up until a few hundred years ago these practicing shamans or priests connected to the older traditions would collect Amanita muscaria (the Holy Mushroom), dry them, and then give them as gifts on the winter solstice,” according to John Rush, an anthropologist, and instructor at Sierra College. Amanita muscaria is found throughout the Northern Hemisphere under conifers and birch trees, just like presents found under the Christmas tree by excited and happy children. This explains the tradition of the Christmas tree and the gifts, wrapped in red and white, placed under the tree just like the magic mushrooms.” — so fun to trace traditions back and see possible origins.
‘St. Nicholas’ 5x7