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2012-08-07 09:36:17

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online European explorers roaming through the American southeast in the late 1600's wrote of native purification rituals that involved dancing, vomiting and a 'black drink' in shell cups. Spanish, English, and French explorers, merchants, travelers, priests, and naturalists described its use among groups from southern Virginia to west of the Mississippi, according to the University of Iowa's Medical Museum. Recent evidence found at the site...


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out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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