Excerpt from Page 52 of Reflections on the Society, Culture and Mythology of the Aboriginal Hibernians

…Upon entering what could only be described by the most charitable observer as a building, I encountered a being of such peculiar appearance as to leave me positively aghast. Seated in the midst of the most pronounced squalor sat a woman barely five feet in height, displaying in her visage every sign of old age. My guide informed me with the utmost gravity that this venerable creature was in fact the settlement’s spiritual guide, a shaman of sorts, who through the use of various psychotropic substances, the names of which I will not inflict on the delicate sensibilities of my readers, would enter an altered mental state in which she would commune with the various deities which this much superstitious people are wont to accumulate. Despite her aged appearance, my guide assured me that the woman was no more than thirty-five, having been aged prematurely by her occupation, though in truth I can assure the reader that thirty-five is well beyond the average age to which the native Hibernians are known to attain…

 

Excerpt from Page 52 of Reflections on the Society, Culture and Mythology of the Aboriginal Hibernians by Lady Florence Kingsley-Bird, 12th Baroness Pfeiffer.

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