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Smoke inhalation

Category: Events

Type

Involuntary and voluntary

Introduction and description

Smoke inhalation can be voluntary or involuntary.  People who have been in burning buildings have had involuntary spiritual experiences, but there are those who deliberately use smoke inhalation as well. 

Needless to say, smoke inhalation unless you are very careful in your selection of smoke can involve the inhalation of toxins, which kill you by poisoning you.  

Background

It is quite likely that smoke inhalation was the cause of numerous cases of hallucinatory and visionary experience in the days before chimneys and effective means of removing smoke from houses.

The old Irish and Hebridean ‘Black Houses’ for example had open fires and a simple hole in the roof to let out the smoke.  In many Black Houses the smoke was deliberately kept in to kill all the fleas and other unpleasant creatures that often resided in the thatch.

 

The picture is actually of the Black House museum at Arnol village, Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.  All the family lived in this house with animals one end and people the other, it was partitioned off inside but had no internal walls. 

The end was knocked away in spring and the dung cleared out and used on the fields.  No chimney, just a fire in the centre of the room and a hole in the roof.

Wigwams, tents, caves, Siberian yurts, all the old means of shelter were probably filled with smoke.

Churches filled with candles were also full of smoke.  They still are.

The candles providing a double effect by befuddling the brain in a mesmeric fashion as well as inducing a mild form of hypoxia.

On the right, people light candles inside a church in Nueva Esperanza cemetery on the outskirts of Lima on "Day of the Dead" November 1, 2010 – an appropriate name given the mechanism.

What is burnt generally doesn’t matter, smoke is smoke. 

Native American Indians used to have fires within their tipis and still occasionally have fires within the ceremonial buildings they use.  They occasionally used ‘sweet grass’ which has a  nice aromatic smell when burnt.  Sweet grass itself is not a drug nor does it have hallucinatory effects, but by filling a room or tipi full of sweet grass smoke one is effectively depriving yourself of oxygen.

  

How it works

Smoke inhalation is essentially only another form of Asphyxiation, so ultimately it works via hypoxia.

Long term it works because most fumes are toxins.

"smoke is smoke"

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