Bloodletting

Bloodletting… that is what we were doing all along. All of us labeled a self-harmer , self-mutilator, and cutter. We were all just bloodletting. We were curing ourselves.

Bloodletting- 

  1. the withdrawal of often small quantities of blood from a  patient to cure or prevent illness and disease.
  2. outmoded medical practice used as a cure for illness ranging from fevers to hysteria.

This form of treatment was used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. They believed this method to be very successful. They were trying to get rid of the issue that was trapped within themselves. “Primitive man looked on disease as a curse cast on him by an evil spirit; his treatment consisted of driving out the demon that possessed him”

Were the “self-harmers” not doing the same thing? Were we not trying to drive out the evil spirit or darkness that possessed our souls?

More Bloodletting history:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/redgold/basics/bloodlettinghistory.html

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One thought on “Bloodletting

  1. Andrew says:

    Love this post.

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