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Post by Rowan » Mon April 18th, 2011, 3:49 pm

This isn't necessarily news, per se, but I wasn't sure where else I should put it. Has anyone here ever heard of this?

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Post by SGM » Mon April 18th, 2011, 4:14 pm

Only in relation to ergot poisoning. Such poisoning was suggested as a possible cause of the outbreaks. It has also in some cases been blamed for apparent manifestations of witchcraft although I have strong reasons for doubting this in all but a few cases.
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Post by SonjaMarie » Mon April 18th, 2011, 5:39 pm

I've come across it or something similar called Saint Vitus' Dance.

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Post by LoveHistory » Mon April 18th, 2011, 6:42 pm

Hadn't heard of this specifically before. St. Vitus' Dance does ring a bell though.

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Post by Madeleine » Tue April 19th, 2011, 9:14 am

Sounds a bit like possible mass hysteria too; would a hallucigenic drug have lasted for so long? Interesting how it often seemed to be associated with "louche" activities such as gambling etc too.
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