Imagine a time of terror. No not the current Republican Administration, real terror. The First Dark Ages. A time when Science ceased to exist. Forget about Stem Cell Research for a moment and imagine a time when everything scientific was unknown.
Food sanitation and preparation was haphazard at best. Moldy, musty parasite infested wheat was the staple of life. At some point in your wretched life you most likely ate rye or wheat contaminated with ergot. Eat enough of the nasty stuff and you got a bad case of “St. Anthony’s fire” so named for the unpleasant symptoms, such as severe burning sensations in the limbs, sometimes leading to gangrene and loss of limbs due to severely restricted blood circulation.
Ohh sure you say LSD is made from Ergot, what about the hallucinations? Were they not a nice diversion from the Inquisition? Well bloody hell I say, as if giving up your tootsies is worth seeing a seven headed dragon eat the lady of the lake.
The best you could hope for was to be related by incestuous marriage to a resident pedophile at some monkery where they specialized in treating such episodes. The monks of the order of St. Anthony the Great specialized in treating ergot victims with balms containing tranquilizing and blood circulation-stimulating plants; and if that failed they were also skilled in amputations.
As you all know by now. I have long held a fascination with the sinographs of Chinese Writing. To be even reasonably fluent in this script one must memorize from 3 to 4 thousand of these detailed logographs. A Kangxi dictionary contains approximately 47,000 distinct characters.
Needless to say the first Acid trips were not something you experimented with your Sophomore year at Yale. This first Character in this series is a tribute to those poor souls who swallowed that musty bread made from electric wheat and babbled forth the contents of the books of revelations..