history

Would this Kill me in the 1800s: Leprosy

Princess Mononoke, 1997. My first introduction to leprosy was through a Miyazaki film, Princess Mononoke, which I got on VHS in middle school and wore out through successive watchings. In the film, a town on the edge of the forest is a sanctuary for those otherwise ostracized by society. Among them, a group of lepers… Continue reading Would this Kill me in the 1800s: Leprosy

mythology

Tea Mythology

The following series of posts is drawn from a series Twitter threads I posted earlier this week. When it comes to the history of drinking tea, the origin goes back beyond history and into legend. There are 2 main myths, one of which I'd never heard before. Both of these come from China. The, um, cleaned… Continue reading Tea Mythology