Medicine and Mythology: An Introduction

Throughout the history of humanity, both the ideas of medicine and mythology have been of prime importance in the motivations of human activity. With a want for optimal health and a fear of death, medicine has been at the top of our societal focuses in different ways, despite older medical practices being… less than ideal. While some ancient practices (such as chewing on tree bark for headaches- tree bark is used to make aspirin, by the way) have been successful, we have quite a dark history of bizarre medical practices that were nothing but hurtful to the patients. And for a time, even practices like alchemy were thought of as a medicinal study.

If you’re in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area, be sure to check out the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop Museum where they go into the details of some of these bizarre (and somewhat frightening) old-time medicinal practices. The tour guides stay in character, which is lots of fun! But I’m sure you can find strange apothecary-like and medicinal museums all over the world. Strange museums are in, and we are loving it!

Switching the focus over to mythology for a second, it’s important to point out that mythology has also been a key part of human civilizations throughout time. Just as important as our will to survive, our want to understand why we are here and what that means for us after we die has been a pivotal part of human existence. There are countless tales of myths, folklore, and legends sprinkled throughout all civilizations throughout time, as I’m sure you know.

You can read more about German Folklore Here!

You can read about Greek Vampire Folklore Here!

You can read about Mythical Creatures Here!

You can read about Ancient Greek Mythology Here!

You can read about Balkan Folklore Here!

And you can follow along on my adventure to find the Seven Gates of Guinee Here!

Medicine and Mythology

Now, despite feeling like two very different subjects, people pretty much put off medicine as science and mythology as magic in today’s times. Religion and science have become so divided in modern times that it seems strange they could have ever been lumped together. However, medicine and mythology are deeply intertwined throughout history, and we’re here to write a series of articles to show you this. For instance, Imhotep, the villain in several of Universal’s mummy movies, was actually both the first recorded physician in ancient Egypt AND the high priest of the sun god Ra. In ancient times, it was quite common for these two things to go hand in hand.

So, I hope you enjoy our adventures diving into Medicine and Mythology here. We’re starting small, but we will keep adding the series here as it progresses! Enjoy!

The Unique History of the Voodoo Doll

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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