On a particularly cold Rhineland autumn night, according to a cousin of a friend of a friend’s cousin who’d heard it from another friend, Hildegard experienced a rush of sensation in which the entirety of the Ordo Virtutum washed over her, in full, including plainchant music, lyrics, book, lighting effects, cast, costumes, choreography, and even the program design. “Eureka!” she exclaimed on coming down from her trip, but in Latin instead of Greek.
Hildegard von Bingon, the 12th Century theologian, poet, mystic, and musician, is only the most famous spiritual communicator to connect to a higher plane through cured meats. Since the far distant past, sausages, hams, salumi, and various deli treats have acted as conduits between the mortal and immortal planes.
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