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Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide

Pagan Christmas: The Plants, Spirits, and Rituals at the Origins of Yuletide

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The history of Christmas provides a unique view of the religion that existed in Europe before the introduction of Christianity. This evolving feast has over the centuries absorbed elements from cultures all over the world--practices that give plants and plant spirits pride of place. The authors contend that the emphasis of Christmas on green plants, and the promise of the return of life in the dead of winter, is an adaptation of the pagan winter solstice celebration. In fact, the symbolic use of plants at Christmas effectively transforms the modern-day living room into a place of shamanic ritual.


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