My latest Spliced column:
Christmas is always a good time of year for ontological terrorism. For example, â€œThe psychedelic secrets of Santa Clausâ€ by Dana Larsen from Cannibus Culture Magazine is one of my favorite links to spread around Christmas time. Larsen makes the case that though Santa Claus is now a symbol of our annual collective consumer-orgy, he may originally have been inspired by amanita muscaria mushroom eating shamans. That the very same politicians that enforce and promote the war on drugs tend to also whole heartily endorse a religious figure birthed of ancient drug culture amuses me to no end. Larsenâ€™s idea, apparently taken from Jonathan Ott, might not pass skepticsâ€™ muster. But most, if not all, of Christmas traditions stem from pagan practices.