Benjamin, Walter - On Hashish - On veils
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
On Hashish – Walter Benjamin
Some chocolate offered to the subject is declined with the words:
'Eating belongs to another world', he is 'separated from food by a glass wall'
'A veil as though before a face which is itself a veil. That is much too ethereal to be discussed any further; that is something only hashish knows about'.
In this regard, it should be mentioned that the apparition of this veiled face which is itself only a veil was of a singular vividness, such that days later the subject still had it clearly before him. It was a small, oval head; behind the veil were other veils, each strictly modelled in the form of a face, and these veils did not hang still but were lightly in motion, as though stirred by a breeze