hist-brewing: kykeon

Kirsty Pollock kirsty.pollock at mpuk.com
Fri Jan 21 09:16:21 PST 2000

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-hist-brewing at rt.com [mailto:owner-hist-brewing at rt.com]On
> Behalf Of bjm10 at cornell.edu
> Sent: 21 January 2000 16:25
> To: hist-brewing at pbm.com
> Subject: Re: hist-brewing: kykeon
> 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.

Well I've not eaten a great deal today. Sounds a great recipe for a fun
Friday night!!!!

Everybody have a good one.


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