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I was thinking ergot, but then worried I was getting confused with ingots...
Thanks for the weblink, v.interesting.
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> > I may be wrong but I believe, dance crazes in Europe were closely
> > with outbreaks of the plague, and dance crazes were often the results
> of the
> > profound psychological impact of plagues on small commmunities.
> Exactly why
> > dance became the favoured outlet, I don't know. Maybe people thought
> > vigourous movement kept the plague at bay.
> Here's a link on an outbreak of St Vistus's Dance in 1418.
> > A similar occurrence that comes to me is the recent argument that
> > hunts were closely related to certain kinds of food poisoning (I
> forget the
> > damn condition now, I know it had to do with rye) that produced the
> > hallucinations, and violent spasms that people of the time
> interpreted as
> > bewitchment. They would then looked for someone unpopular in the
> > to declare a witch, and hang, burn etc.
> Ergotism, rye infected with the fungus "Claviceps purpurea" - there is
> a chemical relationship with lysergic acid.
> Alcohol is a likely candidate. Also events like witchhunts or
> revolutions can be used to settle old scores or as means of acquiring
> other's property (as in the american and other revolutions)
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