posted on Jul, 18 2009 @ 10:31 PM
The whole ectoplasm of the spritualist age is clearly hoax, and is downright hysterical.
HOWEVER, as with all legends and ritualistic practices, there is always a shred of truth or a point of origin that explains such a practice.
My personal theory as far as ectoplasm goes is that it dates back to the medieval practice of rubbing Paracelsian unguents, ointments or salves on the
body which had anaesthetic properties. Such unguents would often contain psychoactive ingredients such as henbane, mandrake, belladonna, and datura,
which would undoubtedly cause visual hallucinations. The spiritualist would cover themselves with the psychotropic unguent and fall into a trance,
gaining communication with the spirits.
At some point, most likely during Victorian times, was this replaced with a cheap parlor trick that lost all meaning relating to it's origins.