The Witches’ Ointment By Thomas Hatsis

  • Narrated by: Thomas Hatsis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Release date: 03-08-22

The Witches’ Ointment By Thomas Hatsis AudioBook Summary

An exploration of the historical origins of the “witches’ ointment” and medieval hallucinogenic drug practices based on the earliest sources 

• Details how early modern theologians demonized psychedelic folk magic into “witches’ ointments” 

• Shares dozens of psychoactive formulas and recipes gleaned from rare manuscripts from university collections all over the world as well as the practices and magical incantations necessary for their preparation 

• Examines the practices of medieval witches like Matteuccia di Francisco, who used hallucinogenic drugs in her love potions and herbal preparations 

In the medieval period, preparations with hallucinogenic herbs were part of the practice of veneficium, or poison magic. This collection of magical arts used poisons, herbs, and rituals to bewitch, heal, prophesy, infect, and murder. In the form of psyche-magical ointments, poison magic could trigger powerful hallucinations and surrealistic dreams that enabled direct experience of the Divine. Smeared on the skin, these entheogenic ointments were said to enable witches to commune with various local goddesses, bastardized by the Church as trips to the Sabbat – clandestine meetings with Satan to learn magic and participate in demonic orgies.

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