On Thu, 10 Mar 1994, Ken Goodrow wrote:
> What's this I hear about the early warriors painting themselves blue and
> rushing (naked) their opponents on the battlefield, scaring them half to death?
> I have heard this from others but never substantiated with a source. Do any of
> you have any more to say on the matter -- sources where this could be looked in
Well Ken the blue paint you're referring to is a holucinogenic extract
from the roots of the woad plant. If cooked up properly you feel pretty
good. Other wise, it was just used as a dye previous to violet. And yes,
they did rush around naked screaming at their enemies too. The earliest
documented account of this that I'm aware of is in 'Conquest of Gaul' be
Julius Ceasar (a fantastic referance book in my opinion), although
Aristotle may have mentioned it too.
I hope this has helped. If you want to know more e-mail me and I'll be
happy to help.
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