Unguentum Sabbati (#1)

Instant photograph, 2013

The flying ointment which enables witches to travel to the Sabbath.

Example: Folklorist Will-Erich Peuckert of Göttingen, for example, reconstructed a 17th-Century ointment made up of belladonna, henbane, wild celery, and datura in a base of hog lard. After he and a colleague rubbed it on their forehead and armpits, they all fell into a twenty-four sleep. “We had wild dreams. Faces danced before my eyes which were at first terrible. Then I suddenly had the sensation of flying for miles through the air. The flight was repeatedly interrupted by great falls. Finally, in the last phase, an image of an orgiastic feast with grotesque sensual excess.”