Monday, July 8, 2013

How to Make Men Rave, 1658


"How to make men mad with Mandrake... Take the Roots of Mandrake, and but put them into new Wine, boyling and bubling up: cover it close; and let them infuse in a warm place for two months. When you would use it, give it to somebody to drink; and whosoever shall taste it after a deep sleep, will be distracted, and for a day shall rave: but after some sleep, will return to his senses again, without any harm: and it is very pleasant to behold. Pray make trial."

Natural Magick by John Baptista Porta (1658)

Early modern rave: just like the 1990s, but with more lute music.

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