December 6, 2008

On being a little ‘down’

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:05 am by davidmanning

For millenia, the male fear of not “rising” to the occassion has plagued many. Here are some folk remedies used through history.

  • Sumerians: In a technique no doubt created by the lads, one technique described in an early Sumerian text was to spend a week living with — and sleeping with –the wife’s sister in a tent at least 40 cubits from the village.
  • Incas: Rubbing the affected (or unaffected, if you will) area with gravel trod on by a pregnant mule was one technique early European missionaries reported.
  • British: One witchfinders guide from the 1600s said one way witches used to cure male problems was to take a small gudgeon fish and insert it in the rectum of an afflicted male whilst he bites into a mandrake root. No word on whether the fish was alive before or after the process.
  • Calveranians: An early king in this enemy of classical Greece was said to have sacrificed a child every time he had ‘inadequacies’, although this might have been propaganda on the part of orator Demosthenes.

November 21, 2008

The Dancing King

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 2:27 am by davidmanning

Here’s a fun one for you.

  • Burmese King Kung Sondak (1861-1925) was notoriously afraid of demons, so much so that he had his servants dance in his bedchambers whilst he slept. The joyous (put presumably quiet) dancing was to drive away the demons, who, it was believed, fed on fear and misery.

Cheers, David.