Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant, the Datura sanguinea, an infusion from whose seeds, prepared by the Peruvians, induces stupefaction, and, if much used, furious delirium. This infusion is said to have been used by the priests of the temple of the Sun in the ancient capital to produce frantic ravings, which were accepted as inspired prophecies.
“They also use two curious plants, the floripondio and the curupa, which makes them drunk for twenty-four hours, and causes very wonderful dreams.”
“They render their husbands idiotic by giving them an infusion of _floripondio_, and then choose another consort.”
“Then replace her by a pretty young damsel, with eyes and hair as black as night, lips as red as the flowers of the grenadine, and skin as white as the _floripondio_.”
“She always appears in a white robe -- pure and white as the blossom of the _floripondio_.”
“And as he spoke he pointed to the form, which, in the clear moonlight, could be distinguished as that of a woman, dressed in a robe as white as the _floripondio_, with long dark tresses floating over her shoulders like the mantilla of some grand senora.”
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