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Ghoul on Ghoul

Sep 5, 2019

Amanda and Sarah dabble in some all-natural mind and body-altering substances. Sarah takes a thorough dive into ergot poisoning, a condition caused by tainted rye bread that can lead to a long list of symptoms and is cited as one of the possible causes behind the Salem Witch Trials. Amanda goes foraging for magic mushrooms with a look at their history, and the roles they played in various cultures and beliefs. Other subjects covered include a rodent restraint and panty bins. 


Sarah recommends the 2018 film A Simple Favor. Amanda recommends the book The Familiars by Stacey Halls.



University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Has Ergot Altered Events in World History?)

The history of ergot of rye (Claviceps purpurea) I: From antiquity to 1900

Ergotism: The Satan Loosed in Salem? (How Deadly Bread Bewitched a French Village)

Mental Floss (When the French Village of Pont-Saint-Esprit Went Temporarily Mad)

THE SACRED MUSHROOM AND THE CROSS A study of the nature and origins of Christianity within the fertility cults of the ancient Near East by John M. Allegro

The Guardian ('It makes me enjoy playing with the kids': is microdosing mushrooms going mainstream?)

Folger Shakespeare Library (“Excrements of the earth”: Mushrooms in early modern England)

New York Times (Jesus Christ as a crimson‐spotted fungus)

Live Science (8 Ways Magic Mushrooms Explain Santa Story)

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