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To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.satanism,alt.evil,alt.religion.orisha
From: (nagasiva)
Subject: BJonell: Ghoulism
Date: 17 Dec 1996 02:07:37 -0800

[from alt.horror.cthulhu: (Bertil Jonell)]

In article <58g7aq$>,
David Brazil  wrote:
>    Another point about interbreeding; humans can somehow be transmuted
>into ghouls, as seen in "Pickman's Model," "The Dream-Quest of Unknown
>Kadath," etc.  How is this achieved?  Does some type of ghoulish
>practice revive dormant human DNA which contain "ghoul" codes?

  Howabout this:

  'Ghoulism' is essentially a state of changed brain activity(1) where the
lower reptilian parts of the brain (eat, sleep, fuck(2)) are much more 
influential than the convoluted surface of the brain, which normally
is what our conciousness uses.
  (In other words: they don't have a concious and an unconcious part of
the mind, they are integrated, albeit the part that was the unconcious
is much more influential than the part that was the concious. This also
means that they don't sleep and dream, or rather they are always 
simultaneously awake, dreaming and sleeping, which explains why they
and their tunnels exist in parelell in the Dreamlands)
  This brain activity makes various glands (the pitutary(sp?) etc) 
excrete different hormones than they normally do, which cause the 
physical changes.

  According to some theories users of different languages have
physical differences in their brains, ie different languages stimulate
different parts of the brain into developing. This gives a clue about
how humans can change into ghouls. The ghoul language stimulate the
right parts of the brain, and may over time cause it to switch into
ghoul mode. This is a gradual process, not a sudden switch, but it
can take place even if just *listening* to ghoul speech, depending
on individual suceptibility. This is why ghoul speech is decribed
in vague terms like 'gibbering' and 'meeping'. It is indecribable and 
incomprehensible to a human in human mode since the brain in that
state simply can't grasp it. If you understand it, you're probably
a ghoul or well on the way of becoming one(3).
  Ghouls on the other hand can learn human speech, but tend to use it
in a strange manner. If they are isolated from other ghouls and only
listen to human speech for a long time they tend to be less and less
ghoulish and more and more like humans.

  Children and infants switch the easiest, both from human to ghoul and
the reverse. With increasing age switching takes longer and longer and
ultimately becomes impossible, although this is unlikley to happen
before the age when the brain starts to decline in capacity.

  A given individuals difficulty in changing from ghoul to human is not
necessarily equal to the difficulty of changing from human to ghoul for
the same individual. Generally low SAN, nocturnal activity cycles and
many recent ancestors that were ghouls or humans that had been ghouls 
make it easier to become a ghoul and harder to become a human. High SAN
and extremely few recent ancestors that are ghouls or have been ghouls
make it easier to become human and harder to become a ghoul.

  Rumour has it that ghoulism can be triggered by visual impressions.
(Pickmans paintings for example?:)

  It is quite possible that the state of ghoulism was the normal state
of humans, since it is the way an animal might behave if it had the
brain of a human, and that the 'normal' state of humans is a recent

(1) Epileptic fits are also a state of changed brain activity, albeit
    temporary and not semi-permanent like ghoulism.
(2) Lovecrafts sensibilities made him focus on the eat part: they eat
    everything edible that doesn't move (and some things that do move)
    especially ghoul and human carcasses.
(3) When Randolph Carter spoke with the ghouls he had gone through
    the Door of the Silver Key and wasn't human anymore. He wasn't
    ghoul either, though...
>    David

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