The Oracle of Dephi was huffing

Reply Sat 14 Sep, 2013 08:41 am
Seems that the gases being emitted from the earth that gave her visions was ethylene.

Ethylene inhalation is a serious contender for explaining the trance and behavior of the Pythia," said Diane Harris-Cline, a classics professor at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

"Combined with social expectations, a woman in a confined space could be induced to spout off oracles," she said.

According to traditional explanations, the Pythia derived her prophecies in a small, enclosed chamber in the basement of the temple. De Boer said that if the Pythia went to the chamber once a month, as tradition says, she could have been exposed to concentrations of the narcotic gas that were strong enough to induce a trance-like state.
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Reply Sat 14 Sep, 2013 10:59 am
A theory that has been around for at least twenty years.

It makes news time to time.

Here an article in the NYT of 2002
Reply Sat 14 Sep, 2013 12:55 pm
I see in your future......an article being posted from the New York Times.
Reply Sat 14 Sep, 2013 01:12 pm
"The stream is dry that had so much to say."
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