hist-brewing: kykeon

bjm10 at cornell.edu bjm10 at cornell.edu
Fri Jan 21 08:24:30 PST 2000

On Thu, 20 Jan 2000 OZRICofPSYTH at webtv.net wrote:

> A sacred potion made of barley and mint and called the kykeon. The
> possible psychoactive ingredients in kykeon have been hotly debated. It
> has been suggested that the mint in the mixture might have provided the
> mind-altering element as the mint family contains the plant Salvia
> divinorum, used by the Mazatec Indians of Mexico in a divinatory
> context. Terence McKenna has suggested that Stropharia cubensis, or
> another psilocybin- containing mushroom, might be the key.

Has anyone suggested the possibility that it might be a result of fasting,
followed by imbibing alcohol in a darkened room, accompanied with physical
exertion (dance) and chanting?  It's a very simple way to induce all 
manner of altered mental states, including hallucination.

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