Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide
The Plants Spirits and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide
The day on which many commemorate the birth of Christ has its origins in pagan rituals that center on tree worship, agriculture, magic, and social exchange. The authors show how the ancient meaning of the botanical elements of Christmas provides a unique view of the religion that existed in Europe before the introduction of Christianity.
Christian R䴳ch, Ph.D., is a world-renowned anthropologist and ethnopharmacologist who specializes in the shamanic uses of plants. Currently serving as the president of the German Society for Ethnomedicine, he is the author of "The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Plants" and "Marijuana Medicine" and coauthor of "Plants of the Gods." Claudia Muller-Ebeling, Ph.D., is an art historian and anthropologist and coauthor, with Christian R䴳ch, of "Shamanism and Tantra in the Himalayas" and "Witchcraft Medicine." Both authors live in Hamburg, Germany.