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Or the ghost of a witch…

Salem…

Hallucinogenic fungus – ergot – Claviceps purpurea – in rye grain? (Ergot is the precursor to LSD.)

Prior to development of the sclerotia bodies, the fungus develops a stage in the open floret called “honey dew.” The “honey dew” consists of sticky, yellowish, sugary excretion of the fungus which form droplets on the infected flower parts.

“Honeysuckle/She’s full of poison/She obliterated everything she kissed” – Hole, “Celebrity Skin”

Convulsive ergotism :”A convulsive disorder characterized by violent muscle spasms, vomiting, delusions, hallucinations, crawling sensations on the skin” (Source: pbs.org)

Victims were sometimes hanged, or burned at the stake.

Gangrenous ergotism: In extreme cases, victims would feel unbearable burning sensations in the limbs, the limbs would then become gangrenous and the affected tissue would slough.

They call the affliction Holy Fire, Hell’s Fire, or Saint Anthony’s Fire.

Saint Anthony of Padua is the patron saint of (among other things) lost articles, amputees, and pregnant women. (Source: http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/)

Midwives used ergot to increase the speed and intensity of muscle contractions during prolonged labor.

Hallucinogenic drugs on broom handle applied vaginally may have induced sensations of weightlessness or flying.

Dulcinea and her ponies.

“Did you bring your broomstick with you?”

Epilepsy causes beatific visions, seizures giving rise to auras (sights, sounds, and smells) along with the convulsing of the limbs. Suspected epileptics include St. Paul (formerly Saul) and Vincent Van Gogh.

Saint Paul the Apostle is the patron saint of (among other things) authors, hailstorms, and tent makers (he was one). He is against snakes and for Las Vegas, Nevada. (Source: http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/)

Religious ecstasy and demonic possession reveal themselves through similar mechanisms.

“Are you a good witch or a bad witch?”

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