The Sith Order was a sect of Force-sensitives who utilized the dark side of the Force. The term “Sith” originally referred to a species of aliens native to the planets Korriban and Ziost, who were later enslaved and ruled by exiled Dark Jedi from the Galactic Republic.
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During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.
A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.
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Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.
It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.
You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.
The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.
The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.
Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.
So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.
Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.
These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!
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DECEMBER 11TH: LAND OF THE GODS HOLIDAY GIVEAWAY
Happy Holidays, everyone, and welcome to the first ever Land of the Gods Holiday Giveaway!
Every day of December up through Christmas Eve, I’ll be giving away a free digital copy of Land of the Gods, the Zelda-inspired concept album! The rules for the contest are simple:
- Each day a post will be made. You must reblog that post to be eligible for the days contest. At the end of that day, a winner for the specific post will be selected at random. Each contest will end around 9 PM Pacific time, though I can’t make any guarantees.
- You MUST be following me (at bionicbenbo.tumblr.com) to be eligible.
- Please only reblog once! If the day specified at the top of the post doesn’t match the current date, then it’s possible that days contest has already ended!
- You cannot delete any reblogs before the giveaway ends.
- You cannot manipulate this post or change the information presented in any way. Responding to the post is fine, but do not edit this information.
- Keep your inboxes open, or I won’t be able to message you the download code!
- The winner of each giveaway will be decided at the end of the day specified at the top of the post.
- PEOPLE WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THESE RULES ARE INSTANTLY DISQUALIFIED. I HAVE ALREADY HAD TO DISCARD MULTIPLE WINNERS. PLEASE FOLLOW THE RULES.
Good luck, everyone, and if you don’t win today, make sure to try again tommorrow! And if luck isn’t on your side, check CD Baby on Christmas Day for a limited time discount on the album!