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The General Prologue - Translation. An Interview with the Woman Who Drilled a Hole in Her Head to Open Up Her Mind. Amanda Feilding trepanning herself.

An Interview with the Woman Who Drilled a Hole in Her Head to Open Up Her Mind

There are plenty of ways to achieve a higher state of consciousness. Most of them involve ingesting some kind of psychoactive substance, or getting in a white tank filled with water, or sitting in front of a flashing light while listening to trance music. But as far as I know, only one requires you to drill a hole into your forehead. Trepanation, a procedure where a small hole is drilled into the skull and left to heal naturally, can reportedly produce a prolonged positive effect on the trepanned individual's mood and overall state of well-being.

There's little hard scientific evidence that doing this has any tangible benefits, but people have been doing it for tens of thousands of years, so there has to be a reason they keep coming back to the tried and true method of inserting pieces of metal into the front of their skulls. Amanda in 2012. VICE: So Amanda, can you give me a short history of trepanation? What do you mean by "modern day"? 10 Bizarre Medieval Medical Practices. Creepy Medicine is one of the cornerstones of modern civilization—so much so that we take it for granted.

10 Bizarre Medieval Medical Practices

It wasn’t always the case that you could just waltz into a doctor’s office to have them cure what ailed you. In medieval times, for example, things were a lot more dangerous, and a lot stranger. 10 Boar Bile Enemas Enemas in medieval times were performed by devices called clysters. Even kings were high up on the clyster. 9 Urine Was Used As An Antiseptic Though it may not have been common, there is evidence to suggest that urine was occasionally used as an antiseptic in the Medieval Era. This isn’t quite as insane as it seems: urine is sterile when it leaves the body and may have been a healthier alternative than most water—which came with no such guarantee of cleanliness. 8 Eye Surgery (With A Needle) During the Middle Ages, cataract surgery was performed with a thick needle.

Of course, eye surgery changed rapidly once Islamic medicine began to influence European practices. 4 Trepanning. Ireland’s most sinister superstition: The changeling. This appeared in The North Clare Local in April.

Ireland’s most sinister superstition: The changeling

“Are you a witch, or are you a fairy? Or are you the wife of Michael Cleary?” (Irish children’s rhyme) When you scratch the surface, most human beings share the same common, primal fears. Chief among them is the loss of a loved one, especially a child. The idea of the changeling- that fairies could steal a child away, possibly forever, and leave a horribly altered substitute in its place- is one of the most sinister traditions in Irish folklore. Why would a fairy steal a human child? Perhaps the most sinister purpose for stealing away a human child comes from the Scottish tradition. Cross-breeding was another motive for kidnap. Whatever the reason, how would a parent know they had a changeling on their hands? The new replacement could be deformed, with strange features. If all this wasn’t unnerving enough, another belief states that the fairies sometimes do not leave a replacement at all. Changelings, by Alan Lee Like this: Like Loading... 10 Completely Uncanny Superstitions From The Middle Ages.

Weird Stuff In the pre-scientific Middle Ages, the world was at the same time both fascinating and frightening.

10 Completely Uncanny Superstitions From The Middle Ages

In the absence of proper knowledge, people had no choice but to fall back on their own imaginations to make sense of the myriad natural phenomena around them. The result was a world where everything seemed magical, a place teeming with angels and demons, fairies and goblins, elves, gnomes, and witches. This list takes us inside the medieval mind and the fears and superstitions through which it tried to explain the world. 10 The Sea In The Sky For this story, we are indebted to English chronicler Gervase of Tilbury and his work Otia Imperiala. For proof, Gervase offers an episode that took place in an English village.

Another tale concerns a merchant who accidentally dropped his knife while out at sea. 9 Omens Of Charlemagne’s Death The Frankish king Charlemagne was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in A.D. 800. 8 Magonia 7 Changelings. The Middle Ages: Feudal Life.