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Author Topic: Brimstone history?  (Read 1884 times)

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Oblivion582

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Brimstone history?
« on: July 17, 2007, 11:53:06 AM »

So after telling my dad about brimstone being a purifying agent back in the old days, he seems to think that its bullcrap. So I was wondering if anybody knows of any websites talking about how the greeks used brimstone? Maybe after I read it from a few different websites, he'll believe it.
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rjsurfs

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Re: Brimstone history?
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2007, 01:33:46 PM »

There are many on the internet... here was my first Google hit:

http://georgiagulfsulfur.com/history.htm
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skydreamers

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Re: Brimstone history?
« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2007, 02:37:41 PM »

http://georgiagulfsulfur.com/history.htm

Excerpt:
Sulphur was used by pagan priests 2,000 years before the birth of Christ. Pre-Roman civilizations used burned brimstone as a medicine and used "bricks" of sulphur as fumigants, bleaching agents, and incense in religious rites. Pliny (23-27 A.D.) Reported that sulphur was a "most singular kind of earth and an agent of great power on other substances," and had "medicinal virtues" (Cunningham 1935:17). The Romans used sulphur or fumes from its combustion as an insecticide and to purify a sick room and cleanse its air of evil (Cunningham 1935). The same uses were reported by Homer in the Odyssey in 1000 B.C.
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skydreamers

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Re: Brimstone history?
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2007, 02:38:44 PM »

sorry Bobby, I didn't notice that you had already posted....!! ;) :)
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seminole

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Re: Brimstone history?
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2007, 05:44:42 PM »

Makes sense. Down in the "black swamps" where the gators like to be, the air can become sickly and sulfur is used to this day to kill the germs.
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