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Re: books elevate the mind??

At 12:10 PM 7/4/98 +0000, you wrote:
>Surely  the officials who held the "trials" were the ones who had been
>eating the rye bread?!?!

how we see this probably depends upon one's attitude about "mystic crystal
revelation, and the mind's true liberation," as one song from HAIR would
have it. I can see that both the acts of liberation among women in Salem,
and the religious frenzy that would lead someone like a Jonathan Edwards to
write "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," could be attributed to
paranormal psychic activity. But then I don't know how widely the rye
infection spread.


>;-) Raven Murie
>On 7/3/98 Chax wrote, forwarding a message from another list:
>> One historic example of this phenomenon, scientists now believe, is the
>> madness that prevailed in the late 1600s in Salem, Mass., where ergot,
>>a hallucinogenic fungus, infected the rye crops that went into rye bread.
>> Ergot contains lysergic acid, a key compound of the hallucinogenic drug
>> LSD. This tiny fungus and its wild effects on the rye-bread-eating
>>women  may have led to the Salem witch trials.

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