No other emerald spirit carries with it the mythos that absinthe bears. Since its heyday in Europe (and France in particular) during the late 19th century and into the 20^th century, this iconic distilled alcoholic beverage has been synonymous with bohemian culture. Seen as artistic and therefore hedonistic to the conservative mindset, the Green Fairy has long been portrayed as a poison imbibed by overindulgent creators of lascivious art. /Lautréamont, Rimbaud, Wilde, Crowley, Baudelaire, Van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec were all supposedly driven mad, at one point or another, by the grand wormwood spirit. Thujone, the chemical blamed for absinthe's dangerous effects, in actuality is only humbly present in this elixir, and yet has been enduringly vilified as the cause of perversions of the human spirit. The Green Muse is considered by many to be a drug that alters the mind, makes lucid your dreams, and brings great art from your hands – look to the posters of Alphonse Mucha for some of its most graceful representations. Given wormwood's history in even Ancient Egypt and Greece as a remedy, the lore of absinthe as a menace to be banned has thankfully been held suspect by its many proponents. The mysteries of the Green Fairy are given over to the initiated, time and again – perhaps, indeed, in those dark places of the spirit – but for the mesmerizing rays of its jeweled depths and its ability to enflame the senses, and not simply for its scandalous air.
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