Item Details

Henbane [electronic resource]: The Witches Brew? Sacred Weeds

TVF International (Firm)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Also known as the devil's weed, henbane has long been associated with demons and black magic. In this program Oxford anthropology professor Andrew Sherratt investigates whether alteration of the senses by henbane is responsible for medieval accounts of witches turning into animals or flying. Under medical supervision, volunteers took a dose and then answered questions posed by a pharmacologist, an expert on cultural beliefs about witches, and the author of several works on ritual use of hallucinogens. Teasing out the historical truths from lurid ecclesiastical reports, the group speculates on how and why an anti-hallucinogen attitude evolved in Europe.
Release Date
1998
Run Time
50 min.
Language
English
Rating
9 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on February 09, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Witches Brew? Sacred Weeds
Series
Sacred Weeds: Four Experiments With Psychoactive Plants
Sacred Weeds
Contents
  • Henbane, the Devil's Weed (2:41)
  • Sacred Weeds: Part 1 (3:38)
  • Day 1: Linking Henbane to the Supernatural (4:51)
  • Day 1: Henbane Ointment (2:30)
  • Day 1: The Volunteers (3:39)
  • Day 1: The Tests (2:14)
  • Sacred Weeds: Part 2 (3:26)
  • Day 2: Consuming the Henbane (4:21)
  • Day 2: Effects of Henbane (3:27)
  • Day 2: Strongest Stage of Henbane Effects (4:39)
  • Sacred Weeds: Part 3 (3:36)
  • Day 3: Conclusions (4:39)
  • Day 3: Modern Society and Hallucinogenics (3:28)
  • Credits: Henbane: The Witches Brew? Sacred Weeds (0:36)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c1998.
Publisher no.
  • 47467s Films Media Group
  • 47470 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (50 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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