Friday, December 21, 2007

Illustration Friday ~ Horizon

"Horizon" Digital Collage by Itkupilli

Illustration Friday topic for this week is Horizon...I had already an idea of making picture of Lapland Finland...and this topic fit so perfectly to my original idea, to tell you about this interesting theory of origin of Santa Claus...or Joulupukki....

One interesting theory about the origins of Joulupukki and his flying reindeer, comes from the aboriginal Sami people of Lapland. In the forests there is a common poisonous mushroom, Amanita muscaria that is red with white dots. The shamans of Sami used to feed this mushroom to the reindeer, whereby the intestinal tract of the reindeer would filter out the poison, but leave the intoxicating substances. The urine of the reindeer would then be collected, and used as a hallucinogenic by the shamans. The shamans would often have out-of-the-body experiences and fly in the sky, returning through the chimney hole of their tent or cottage to their bodies. This shamanistic tradition would nicely explain the flying reindeer, the use of chimneys, and even the red-white colouring of Joulupukki.


And here is a video to show what happens in the country where people eat magic mushrooms...welcome to Finland!



16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Wonderful illo and info:-)

Itkupilli said...

Thanks! :~)

The Love Collective said...

I think this is majestic. Thanx.

Teresa said...

It's magical!

Tony LaRocca said...

Cool picture & story. Makes me wonder if the Santa in the picture below would rather be drinking magic deer pee! :)

Itkupilli said...

The Love Collective and Teresa thank you. :))


Hi Toni,

LOL, who knows what Sanata n drinking...although also Coca-Cola had some macig incredience in the begining. :))

Elina said...

Ihastuttava kuva. Mystinen ja myyttinen, ajankohtainen. :)

Anajo/Anijo/JoAnn said...

So THAT'S what you do in Finland during the wintertime! Wow!! ;)

Very interesting this idea of where this notion of flying reindeer came from!

Magic mushrooms... :)

Mick said...

Terrific piece for Illustration Friday. I also enjoyed the history of Christmas for Finns and the Laplanders.

Itkupilli said...

Kiitos sinulle ihastuttava ja mystinen Elina! :))

Itkupilli said...

Hi Anijo! Yes interesting theories...macig mushrooms! Sami people have very much in common with Native Americans...very interesting similarities, also how they look. Let's talk about that more one day! :))

Itkupilli said...

Thanks Mick, this is not typical for me, but I think there are some ideas I am going to use also later. :))

Anajo/Anijo/JoAnn said...

Let's talk about that more one day! :))

Oh yes, I would love to talk more about this!

Itkupilli said...

I know AnaJo...I'd like that too. :))

Nancy Bea said...

Wow...all fascinating!

get zapped said...

Fantastic piece! I loved learning about the flying reindeer and magic mushrooms!

Peace and joy for the new year!