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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-07-14 06:43 pm

[ SECRET POST #3845 ]


⌈ Secret Post #3845 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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[linked on OP's request; (illustrated) depictions of violence and torture]


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[dance, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, World of Dance]


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(Anonymous) 2017-07-15 01:25 am (UTC)(link)
People did eat ergotized grain if there was nothing else available. There was a kind of brinksmanship involved: if you had a choice between losing a limb to gangrenous ergotism or starving, you might eat the ergotized bread and take the risk. Similarly, if you could get hold of non-infested grain and get the proportions of ergotized to clean grain just right, you might get away with a few hallucinations. It's been suggested that the French peasants of tho Sologne, where rye was a staple and ergotism was endemic, were practiced at this. On the other hand, as you say, Linda Caporael's theory that ergotism was responsible for the Salem witch panic has been more or less exploded.

(Anonymous) 2017-07-15 03:53 am (UTC)(link)
I hate the ergot theory for Salem because it discounts absolutely everything else that was going on societally in the village.

(Anonymous) 2017-07-15 04:07 am (UTC)(link)
Yeah, it's horribly reductive. And then Mary Matossian took it and ran with it and blamed practically everything from the Jacquerie to the Great Awakening on ergot.