April, 2018

Let’s Talk About Miasma

Actually, let’s not! Let’s seriously not, and let me tell you, in great detail, why not. One of the most surreal moments for me in the last decade was when a Wiccan asked for my commentary on a Heathen accusing a Hindu of “having miasma.” I think I sort of gaped for a long moment before asking, “Why, is there an unexplained plague in her village? Did a large number of people die or give birth in her house? Did she murder someone?” Miasma is an obsure, specifically Hellenic, ritual concept which historians do not have a great deal of […]