Nepali men carrying car to Kathmandu

This German-made Mercedes Benz is of the same series, made between 1936 and 1940, as the one given to King Tribhuvan by Adolf Hilter, which is now at the Narayanhiti Palace Museum.

Adolf Hitler gifted King Truibhuvan of Nepal with this 1938 model Mercedes Benz, which was the first car ever seen in Nepal. It was carried to the capital by men as in 1940s there were no roads in the city.

Is Santa Claus a psychedelic mushroom?

One fantastic and wonderful origin theory of Santa Claus involves psychedelic mushrooms and shamanic rituals of the indigenous Sámi people who live in northern Finland. Paul Devereux wrote about this incredible hidden history in his fascinating 2008 book The Long Trip: A Prehistory of Psychedelia. Then, Brooklyn filmmaker Matthew Salton blew mainstream minds with this fantastic New York Times “Op-Doc” short video on the topic.

For more on psychedelic Santa, check out the following pieces by Greg Taylor at the Daily Grail:

“Santa is a Psychedelic Mushroom: Were Modern Christmas Traditions Influenced by Shamanic Folklore?”

Santa’s Long Trip

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